Love Your Enemies

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 5:38-48 Meditation: ". . . love your enemies . . ." Three words --- three words that intimately affect every one of us. It took me more than fifteen years of struggle to forgive someone who stole something of value that I created in my...

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Hidden Glory

Scripture Lesson: Mark 9:2-13 Meditation:  ". . . and he was transfigured before them . . ." The Gospel doesn't say that Jesus was "transformed." He didn't undergo an actual change of substance, only a change of outer appearance. The shining white of his clothes (and...

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The Third Place

Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:34-9:1 Meditation:  "What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?" It's said that Francis Xavier, a student who expected to pursue a brilliant secular career, was thoroughly annoyed whenever an older colleague,...

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There’s Something You Need to Know

Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:27-33 Meditation: ". . . the Son of Man must suffer greatly. . ." In today's Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" And then, "But who do you say that I am?" When we hear Peter answer for the disciples that Jesus is...

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The Healing Touch

Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:22-26 Meditation:                                                    "People brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him." Jesus is on the road to Bethsaida, and he has just finished correcting his disciples for their slowness in...

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Do You Still Not Understand?

Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:14-21 Meditation:                                                                   "Do you still not understand?" A number of years ago I worked with someone who came from Egypt. He was well-educated and spoke English, but some...

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A Baffling Story

Scripture Lesson: Mark 7:24-30 Meditation:                                                                   "Let the children be fed first." We who are used to the Good Shepherd, the gentle forgiver of sins, may find this Gospel baffling. Who among us would spurn a...

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From the Heart

Scripture Lesson: Mark 7:14-23 Meditation:                                                                         ". . . from his heart. . . ." Today's brief Gospel reading is part of a larger discussion about ritual purity. Jesus' contemporaries highly valued...

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Moved with Pity

Scripture Lesson: Mark 6:3--34 Meditation:                                                  ". . . his heart was moved with pity for them . . ." Today's reading reveals the compassionate heart of Christ, our Master and Shepherd.  The apostles are returning home after...

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Two by Two

Scripture Lesson: Mark 6:7-13 Meditation:                                                "Jesus . . . began to send them out two by two . . ." I sometimes wonder if Jesus really knew what he was doing when he sent the disciples out two by two. In so doing he created...

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