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 […]

We are Different. We are the Same.

As I travel the skies of Africa this nightI wonderIs the moon the same over this placewhere the people are different? We are different, we are the same. The moon receives lightAnd reflects it over all of us the sameIn our different places. We are different, we are the same. I look up and call […]

Invest in Rest

“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary…He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the […]

A Tale of Two Noble Families

“They who are noble, plan noble things, and on noble things they stand.” Isaiah 32:8 “Two households, both alike in dignity…” The prologue of Romeo and Juliet A controversial statement by a top administration official centered on the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country. The official minimized and limited the […]

My Dear God

Sunday July 28th Gospel Reading: The Lord’s Prayer, Luke 11:1-4 ESV “Father, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Alas, my summer reading has not included fun […]

I love you to the Moon and back

With the 50th  anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon this month, it seems good to be mindful of some of the lore and allure surrounding the moon as our loyal, daily companion in the spin of life. “I love you to the Moon and Back” is a sentiment we didn’t use growing up, […]

Putting on Compassion

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3 Looking […]

God has Gone Up with a Shout

The Ascension of Jesus Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23. These Scriptures will knock your socks off and give you hope. “God has gone up with a shout,” says the Psalmist. After the Ascension, the followers of Jesus were “bursting with joy,” reports Luke. Paul describes the “immeasurable great power” that worked […]

Gracious Favor

Sixth Sunday of Easter Readings: Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22:1-5; Acts 16:9-15; John 14:23-29 Dear Ones.  Just a reminder about the purpose of this weekly blog.  I have been following the Sunday lectionary which is a collection of readings arranged and intended for proclamation and worship together, but also as a guide for individuals who […]