March 13, 2023

I’ve learned change is constant. In our readings today, we are offered the story of Naaman, from Aram, healed of leprosy, apparently the only person Elisha cured of leprosy because he believed.  In a synagogue, Jesus reminds his listeners when the gifts of God are shared with people outside of Israel doing his bidding.  They […]

February 13, 2023

The refrain of today’s psalm is a mantra: “Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.” In today’s readings, Cain makes a half-hearted offering; Pharisees demand a sign from Jesus —and don’t get one. It’s almost embarrassing to think (1) how many times scripture shows that God’s chosen people aren’t praying the “right way”; (2) how […]

January 9, 2023

The Baptism of the Lord Two passages are offered for the first reading today. I choose to comment on Acts 10:34-38. Yesterday, we completed the Christmas Season with the wise men bringing Jesus gifts. Today we are presented with Jesus being baptized by John. The interchange between John and Jesus shows their closeness: cousins six […]

October 31, 2022

Today’s psalm is reminding us to take a deep breath and relax, and we literally shed a “defensive protective aura” when we come into the presence of the Eucharist. We come home. We find ourselves among friends, family, and our support system. We let down our defenses and share the ambiance of healing support. In […]

October 10, 2022

The Gospel has Jesus trying to help the teachers of the people be aware of where they are straying. Jesus implies that the teachers of the children of Israel, the priests at the temple in Jerusalem, were not sharing God’s ongoing love and care of his people. Jonah succeeded in getting God’s message to the […]