Jesus says, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." This is exactly what Jesus himself did, especially when he prayed, "Father forgive them, they don't know what they're doing."
It's not easy to do this.… Read the rest “Table Meditation for 19-Feb-17”
"You are the salt of the earth." "You are the light of the world."
This "you are" language reminds me of another "you are" that the Apostle Paul wrote: "You are the body of Christ."
They all mean the same sort of thing.… Read the rest “Table Meditation for 5-Feb-17”
We've heard the words of the Beatitudes so many times that they probably lose their scandalousness. I expect that the original hearers were probably saying the Aramaic version of "Say what?!" as Jesus talked about all those unlikely folks that were blessed.… Read the rest “Table Meditation for 29-Jan-17”
The passage in Matthew for today quotes a part of Isaiah, saying, "The people who dwelled in darkness have seen a great light."
Usually, when we hear "a great light," we tend to think of something like a searchlight stabbing through the darkness, overpowering it with sheer force or a laser which cuts through even hardened steel.… Read the rest “Table Meditation for 22-Jan-17”
When Jesus was asked a question that showed the people who asked it were interested in knowing more about him, he simply replied, "Come and see."
There are a number of ways that we can see more of and understand more of Jesus and one of them is before us right now.… Read the rest “Table Meditation for 15-Jan-17”
I have to say that I'm not entirely sure what Jesus meant when he said his baptism "was to fulfill all righteousness." We know that, as a man already righteous, he didn't need repentance.… Read the rest “Table Meditation for 8-Jan-17”
Today's gospel reading tells the story of Jesus' family fleeing for their safety into Egypt. It's not a hard story to understand. We have plenty of examples in our world today of people displaced by violence and the desire of people in power to stay in power.… Read the rest “Table Meditation for 1-Jan-17”