Blessed Are They Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Apr 05, 2021

The fourth Beatitude, Blessed Are They Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness, is, to me, the heart of the Beatitudes. To step on this rung of the ladder, after acknowledging that we need God in our poverty of spirit, after mourning our losses and suffering, and after seeing ourselves as meek, just one of billions […]

Blessed Are the Meek

Mar 29, 2021

When we have acknowledged our poverty(poor in spirit) and chosen God to be our redeemer, when we have mourned all the losses and pain and suffering we have endured, then the next step is to be meek. Meekness or humility is not a quality that we Americans seek, so this is the third countercultural move […]

Blessed Are They Who Mourn

Mar 22, 2021

Jesus is very clear about grief in the second Beatitude: those who mourn will be comforted. [Matthew 5:4] Unexpressed grief, sorrow, pain and suffering keeps us tied to the past and unable to be present in our lives or present to God. Mostly what happens is that anger at the injustice, the pain we have […]

The Beatitudes

Mar 15, 2021

The Sermon on the Mount is an insightful summary of Jesus’s teachings in the Gospels. And, to me, the Beatitudes show what the teachings lead us to—complete devotion to God. So this 8-week series will focus on each of the Beatitudes and relevant passages in the rest of the Sermon. I would group the Beatitudes […]

Serving God

Mar 08, 2021

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me […]

Jesus’s Second Purpose: Teaching Us How to Live

Mar 01, 2021

  Jesus came into this world not just to bear and atone for our sin, but also to teach us, to show us how to live our lives as servants of God. So many of His teachings add to our understanding of God’s laws and go way the Ten Commandments, beyond the letter-of-the-law interpretations. He […]

Shalom is More Than Just Peace

Feb 22, 2021

Since March 2020 the COVID-19 has ruled our lives, from working at home instead of in the office, to wearing masks everywhere we go, to few parties or group encounters, to so many changes in the school schedules. It’s been dizzying and trying. And yet, we human beings are highly adaptable. So, we have done […]

God’s Love Expressed in Our Lives

Feb 15, 2021

2.15.21 God’s Love Expressed in Our LIves   I am convinced that we are to love, to value, to be interested in, to help everyone we meet. That is the way love works. If we follow Jesus, we are to engage with other people as love itself, God’s love, that is. It doesn’t matter if […]

The Yoke We Bear

Jan 25, 2021

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” [Matthew 11:28-30]   Jesus’s […]

Changes in Our LIves

Jan 18, 2021

We have no idea what the future will be, not even what the next minute after this one will bring. We are constantly surprised or appalled or frightened or delighted by what is in the next moment. Just this morning as I was preparing to drive my grandchildren to and from school—four trips today, a […]