Posts made in May, 2018

They are your gift to me.

They are your gift to me. Even though it’s May, try to imagine it’s Christmas Eve.   A father sits by the Christmas tree, struggling to assemble a bicycle for his son.   No parts are missing, but it takes work to fit them together.   The tires need air.   The frame of the bike needs polishing, and the chain needs lubrication.   But the father is happy to spend all that effort.   He knows it will be worth it when he sees the look of delight on...

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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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