Posts made in May, 2018

Your word is truth.

Your word is truth. In Scripture there are many hints at a secret password to God’s kingdom?   First, Paul mentions a word that can “give you the inheritance,” but he doesn’t divulge what that word is.   Then we find that this word resounds throughout the universe and bestows strength on God’s people.   And in the Gospel, we hear that this word is able to save us from sin. What is this word?   Ultimately, it’s the name of Jesus himself.   In...

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I am not responsible for the blood of any of you.

I am not responsible for the blood of any of you.  What a poignant meeting this must have been between St. Paul and the believers in Ephesus.   He had lived and worked with them for three years, and they had become dear to his heart.   But now he had come to say goodbye.   There were embraces and tears, sadness and hope.   Doesn’t it strike you as odd—and maybe a little bit cold—that Paul would end this emotional encounter by washing his hands...

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It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you. Matthias must have felt doubly chosen by God.   Being among the followers of Jesus who had been with him from the start, he likely heard the Lord say,  “Come follow me.”   Then he was chosen to replace Judas as one of the Twelve.   How did that second calling come about?   By casting lots—in other words, what some might call chance.   The apostles used this random method for two reasons. ...

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Ascension of Jesus

This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven . . . Ascension of Jesus When we think of the ascension of Jesus, we often think about how marvelous it must have been to see him whisked away into the sky, heralded by angels and looked upon with awe by the apostles.   We focus, in other words, on his act of ascending.   But what is even more important is everything that happened after Jesus ascended.   Let’s take a look. First, the...

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Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.

Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.  What does it mean to ask the Father in Jesus’ name when we pray?   According to Jewish tradition, a person’s name was not just the word you would use to get their attention.   To speak in a person’s name was to speak in his or her place, as an ambassador would speak for the president.   It was as if that person were right there with you, lending his authority to your words.   So when...

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