Tag Archives: self-righteous

When mirror held before you, be sure to look past to see he who is holding: Jesus

Luke 6:20Then he looked up at his disciples and said:‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 ‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.‘Blessed are you who weep now, for … Continue reading

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Family as Metaphor for God, the Gospel and Politics

Psalm 83:15 Drive them with your tempest * and terrify them with your storm; 16 Cover their faces with shame, O Lord, * that they may seek your Name. 17 Let them be disgraced and terrified for ever; * let them … Continue reading

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O Lord my stronghold, my crag, and my haven

Been sort of stuck this past week in terms of being able to get up and out of my head and heart the Holy Spirit whispers that have come my way at the morning readings.  I shouldn’t be stuck.  I … Continue reading

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We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves

Romans 15:1 We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us must please our neighbour for the good purpose of building up the neighbour. 3For Christ did not please … Continue reading

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Getting unstuck, changing the tire and moving into the open place

If I had ever had the discipline of memorizing scripture this would be a verse from today’s Psalm 18 that I would like to have mastered. It would lie in the top tray of my scriptural tool box where I … Continue reading

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Worship: not a show, so show-offs need not apply

1 Corinthians 14:38 As in all the churches of the saints, 39So, my friends,* be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; 40but all things should be done decently and in order. Paul is writing today to … Continue reading

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Hope, not expectation

John 7:40 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ 41Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’* But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah* does not come from Galilee, does he? 42Has not the scripture said … Continue reading

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No room for self-righteousness at the inn

Praise of thanksgiving.  That’s it.  The bombastic insults you are hurling at my people, especially your people – your family – that will not do. This is what I heard the Spirit saying to God’s people in the words of Psalm … Continue reading

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Lest we forget our Lord, God

Psalm 50 11 I know all the birds of the air,* and all that moves in the field is mine. The first verses of Psalm 50 attest to the all-knowing, sovereign God.  The litany of what God knows, what God … Continue reading

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Thy will be done; God, and only God, connects the dots

From today’s gospel reading: But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream… From the lens of the law, Joseph resolves to divorce Mary quietly.  From the lens of … Continue reading

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