Lent Day 15

Matthew 8: 5-13, Centurion I have more respect for this man than probably any of the other folks we have read about. He is humble, respectful, and willing to use his clout to save the life of someone in terrible distress, and this person is just a servant – not…

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Lent Day 14

Matthew 5:1-12, Person on the Hillside The last line of this reflection says, “God is concerned about who we are, not just how we behave.” There has been a debate in the church for many years about belonging, believing, and behaving and which comes first (yes, it is like the…

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Lent Day 13

Matthew 9:9-13, Matthew The scripture reading, the reflection or the prayer – at least one of them is going to speak to you each day. For me today it was the prayer. I was all set to start writing about Matthew (who is called Levi in Mark and Luke’s gospel)….

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Lent Day 12

John 3:1-21, Nicodemus I like this guy, Nicodemus – he is a man after my own heart. He questions what he doesn’t understand, regardless of whether it makes him looks stupid. Yet it bothers me that Jesus seems impatient with Nicodemus; disappointed when Nick does not immediately understand his comments…

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Lent Day 11

John 3:1-21, Nicodemus I like this guy, Nicodemus – he is a man after my own heart. He questions what he doesn’t understand, regardless of whether it makes him looks stupid. Yet it bothers me that Jesus seems impatient with Nicodemus; disappointed when Nick does not immediately understand his comments…

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Lent Day 10

John 2:1-12, Servant at the Wedding Banquet Like many people, this is one of my all time, favorite passages — the wedding at Cana. One of the reasons I love it is because the miracle done in this story is so different from Jesus’ other miracles (or ‘signs’ as the…

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Lent Day 9

Luke 4:38-39, Peter’s Mother-in-Law Rebuke — kind of a funny word, don’t you think? I don’t use it all that often; seems old fashion. For me, it is in the same category as the word ‘smite’. Is the past tense of smite – smote? We definitely don’t say that on…

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Lent Day 8

John 1:43-51, Nathanael Borrowed Prejudice – taking someone else’s prejudice and repeating it as our own without ever verifying its validity. I wonder how many times we do this without realizing it? When Nathanael speaks about Nazareth, I bet he hadn’t even been there. He is repeating someone else’s opinion…

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Lent Day 7

John 1:35-42, Andrew In Matthew, Mark and Luke’s gospels, we find Andrew with his brother Peter fishing in the Sea of Galilee. Jesus walks by and says those famous words, “Follow me!” Both brothers respond to the Jesus’ call but for some reason Peter is always mentioned first. In fact,…

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Lent Day 6

Matthew 3:1-17, John the Baptist Drastic changes. I don’t know about you but I have never been one for drastic changes. They never seem to be sustainable and people respond to our drastic changes with drastic measures of their own. It also seems that drastic changes never really accomplish what…

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