Keep the Faith

God will one day crown us with righteousness in his heavenly kingdom.  On that day, we may say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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The parable of the dishonest manager challenges us to think differently about how we respond to disaster.  Disaster calls forth acts of faith: to pray, to grieve, to lament, to argue, to cry, and to suffer…with God.

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Sitting Still

“All the unhappiness of humankind arises from one single fact, that we cannot sit quietly in our own rooms,” wrote Pascal. Jesus’ remedy for that is the one needful thing, the better part:  himself.  Focus on Jesus, on the Word of God incarnate, as the source and end of all actions.  In a word, pray.

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Saying Yes to God

This week we kick off the following-Jesus season with three would-be followers.  Each of the three has their own struggles, their own reasons for rejecting the call to discipleship.  But, Jesus isn’t just speaking to three would-be followers; he’s speaking to each one of us, individually.  He’s saying:  “Following me means making the choice each day to say yes to God.”

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The Glory of God

God speaks:  “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”  Not a beginning, but the beginning. Not an end, but the end. Our minds cannot comprehend God, who is without beginning and without end yet is the beginning and the end.  We respond with the cry, “Hallelujah! Praise! Glory!”

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This Great Sight

Moses goes to the wilderness. A vision appears in the form of a bush that is blazing yet not consumed. Moses responds, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight.”

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Participating in the Purposes of God

What actions are right?  What actions are wrong?  Those questions, and the possible pain behind them, resonate in our lives everywhere, every day.  They resonate in the scripture readings today.  Ruth and Boaz had hard choices to make.  So did the widow with two copper coins.  So did the scribes, for that matter.  They were all called to discern what is good, what is right, what is holy.

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Fire and Dust

What would it be like to have a tongue of fire over my head?  What would it be like to look out and see tongues of fire above all our heads?  Would we feel the heat?  Would it illumine our sight?  Or burn so brightly we couldn’t bear to look? 

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