Category: jesus

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When compassion gets real

Jesus taught us to love everyone, and whether or not we like them has no bearing on it. Christian love is not about emotions, it is about grace. Christian love does not come with a Hollywood soundtrack, but rather with the sweaty brow of hard work.

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10 things to love about General Convention

Even and especially in the middle of mind-numbing parliamentary maneuvers, Jesus is there. Even and especially when we disagree, Jesus is there. When we gather for daily Eucharist, Jesus is there. When we meet friends for a meal, Jesus is there. When we are challenged with new ideas or we challenge others with our ideas, Jesus is there.

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Things Jesus never said

I’ve been thinking about how easy it is for us to cheapen discipleship to the point it’s no longer recognizable. Certainly I often fail to follow Jesus when it involves risk or great cost, so I’m not pointing the finger at everyone else here.

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The means of life

Everything we need to know about God is revealed for us in Jesus Christ. When we can see that, we partake of the brilliancy of God’s light. A lovely image, yes?

Who can stand when he appears?

What I want to commend here is the idea of preparing ourselves, with some urgency, to meet Jesus. Our meeting with Jesus may be at the Last Day, or it may be in the sacraments tomorrow, or it may be in the prisoner or the hungry tonight.

Let us prepare a dwelling place

This is the last in a series of meditations on three Advent collects. Here are the meditations on the collects for Advent I and Advent III. These meditations were given as part of an...

Let your light shine

Friday in the third week of Advent Isaiah 56:1-8; Psalm 67; John 5:33-36 John 5:33-35 You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but...

Partakers of his divine nature

Wednesday in the third week of Advent Isaiah 45:5-8(9-17)18-25; Psalm 85:8-13; Luke 7:19-23 Luke 7:22-23 Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the...

O magnify the Lord with me

Tuesday in the third week of Advent Zephaniah 3:1-2,9-13; Psalm 34:1-8; Matthew 21:28-32 Psalm 34:3 (RSV) O magnify the Lord with me,   and let us exalt his name together! From St. Augustine’s Exposition on...