Love First

Sunday, November 10th, 2013 Posted in writing | No Comments »

I grew up thinking I had to repent of my sins and wrongdoings in order for God to love and forgive me. To me it was logical to think that repentance came first and forgiveness after that. First A, then ...

Pharisee and Publican

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 Posted in writing | No Comments »

In Luke’s gospel Jesus tells the story of the Pharisee and the publican (i.e, tax collector, sinner) who went up to the Temple to pray. The text tells us that the Pharisee went off and prayed “by himself.” But scholars ...

Fathers and Sons, Brothers and Sisters

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 Posted in writing | 2 Comments »

In the parable of the prodigal son (often referred to as the parable of the forgiving father) Jesus teaches us that God takes back sinners, and that includes us, no matter what they have done or how far they have ...

Easter Amazement

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 Posted in photo, writing | No Comments »

According to the story told by Luke and John, when Jesus came to his friends after the Resurrection, he showed them the wounds in his hands and feet (Luke) or his hands and side (John). But he didn’t show these ...

Gift and Duty

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 Posted in writing | 2 Comments »

Fifty years ago, Sister Kathleen told our grade school class in Omaha that because Jesus gave his followers the power of forgiveness on Easter night, we could get to be friends with God again if we sinned. That sounded like ...