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Glorified Through Love

Year C Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… In today’s Gospel…  Jesus is on a cusp…  he’s just been betrayed into the hands of the authorities…  but he’s also just been glorified…  his glorification is the divine expression of how love saves human life…  and...

Lights, Sheep, and Mothers

Year C Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… Light is a universal symbol of enlightenment…  it helps describe God’s Shekinah…  of God’s presence in feminine form…  which is embodied in so many mothers…  whose sacrifices for their families…  we honor today…  and lights and candles...

What Lies Ahead

As I write this reflection, the war in Ukraine has been going on for more than two months. Thousands of civilians, including children, have been injured or killed. As of April 21, almost 5.4 million refugees have fled Ukraine, and an estimated 7.7 million people have been displaced within the country itself. Some of...

Timeless Historical Truth

Year C Acts 9:1-20 Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… We know that when Jesus taught…  he often told parables…  stories which centered on things that were part of daily life…  and about which he knew…  sheep and shepherds…  vineyards and wine…  sowing and reaping…  lakes and fishing… ...

How Many Locks Do We Need?

Year C Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 150 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… Today’s Psalm is one of two choices allowed by the Revised Common Lectionary…  the other is Psalm 118:14-29…  but in today’s Psalm…  in this translation of today’s Psalm…  the word Praise appears eleven times in six short...