Happy. Healthy. Hope-full 2021

A New Year’s Day reading from Luke 2:14-21 (The Voice) Heavenly Choir: “To the highest heights of the universe, glory to God!    And on earth, peace among all people who bring pleasure to God!”  As soon as the heavenly messengers disappeared into heaven, the shepherds were buzzing with conversation. Shepherds: “Let’s rush down to Bethlehem right now! Let’s […]

Humble. Hopefull.

Sunday after Christmas A Reading from Luke 2:22-40 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s […]

Not Me But You

Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 A Reading from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 126 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name […]

Adorned with Love

The Third Sunday of Advent Readings Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thess 5:16-24; John 1:6-8 19-26 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;    my soul shall exult in my God,for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful […]

Listen

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,    and delight yourselves […]

She Preached

Mary Magdalene [After seeing the risen Christ,] Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord, and this is what he said to me” (John 20:14–18). It is on the basis of this announcement that Mary earned the traditional title of “Apostle to the Apostles.” The first to witness to the resurrection, […]

Burst of Joy

Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-4; John 20:19-23 After living for many years in the East Asian and South Asian cultures, I have been privileged to visit and experience African people and culture. This picture from JESUS MAFA, a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa is an exuberant burst of joy, depicting their interpretation of the Acts 2 […]

Empty Me Out

Fourth Sunday of Easter 1 Peter 2:21-25; Psalm 23; John 10:11-17 This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one […]

Divine Seeing

On the Road to Emmaus Third Sunday of Easter–Luke 24:13-34 13 That very day (Easter Sunday),two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.  16 But […]

Peace

Second Sunday of Easter: John 20:19-31 “On the evening of that day (Easter Sunday), the first day of the week, the doors were locked where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews…” The evening of the greatest day in history, the followers of Jesus are locked in their homes, afraid to move, afraid of […]

The Servant: Personal

Greetings dear Readers! This post was meant for Good Friday, but honestly I needed a day of fasting and prayer, followed by rest and celebration on Saturday and Easter Sunday. My research, study, and reflection on The Servant Songs took me to a place of deep intimacy with Jesus the Servant through a new kinship […]

The Servant: Crushed

Holy Week: Thursday Isaiah 52:13-53:5 Makoto Fujimura, is a Christian artist who uses a Japanese style of painting called Nihonga. Semi-precious stone such as lapis lazuli is crushed into mineral pigments. A pigment absorbs and reflects transmitted light, but without the breaking and crushing of the stone, there would not be the splendor of the […]

The Servant: Chosen

Holy Week: Monday Isaiah 42:1-9 For Holy Week I will be posting a reflection on the Servant Songs of Isaiah–Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1–7; 50:4–9; and 52:13–53:12 which are the Old Testament lectionary readings, along with Isaiah 61:1-4. I have always found rich treasure in Isaiah, but in this global season of deep emotions, I have glimpsed […]

Steadfast Love

Thank God—for being so good.    His Steadfast Love never quits! Psalm 118:1 Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. Readings–Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 118; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 21:1-11 “Behold, your King is coming to you,    humble, and mounted on a donkey,    on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” “And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were […]

A Gospel Dialogue

Due to International travel without a computer and an airline delay, this offering for the Third Sunday in Lent is late, but offered prayerfully for timely comfort with some humor. A  Modern Gospel Dialogue adapted from John 4:5-42 Scene: Asian Grocery Store.  Jesus is tired and hot after his team takes him from store to […]

Jesus Only

Second Sunday in Lent Matt 17:1-9; Gen 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Roms 4:1-5 Jesus was transfigured before them and his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.  And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him…A bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This […]

Ugly Attachments

Ash Wednesday Reflection: Be Up and Awake! “I was held back by my old attachments.  They plucked at my garment of flesh and whispered, ‘Are you going to dismiss us?’ “For I was still captive and in misery and am crying: ‘How long shall I go on saying tomorrow, tomorrow?’  Why not now?  Why not […]

Fully Awake Discipleship

28 Now about eight days after these sayings, (Jesus) took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which […]

Last Look Back

I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings,    all the things God has done that need praising,All the generous bounties of God,  his great goodness…Compassion lavished,    love extravagant. The Prophet Isaiah It’s okay to look back at the past, just don’t stare. Benjamin Dover One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to […]

Bearing With

I urge you to pour yourselves out for each other in generous acts of love, bearing with each other through humility, gentleness, and patience, ready to maintain peace so you can live together in the Spirit of Christ.  (Adapted from Ephesians 4:2) At a recent mindfulness yoga retreat, we were all encouraged to hold peace and purpose as we […]