Posts made in April, 2019

Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid It happened just about every time God revealed himself.   John had a vision of the risen Jesus, and it made him faint with terror (Revelation 1:17).   Isaiah had a vision of the majesty of God, and he cried out, “Woe is me, I am doomed!” (Isaiah 6:5).   Ezekiel saw God coming in the clouds, surrounded by rings of fire, and he fell on his face in awe (Ezekiel 1:28). Even more “ordinary” revelations of God’s holiness had a...

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Come… Holy Spirit

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them Maybe you’ve noticed this character who keeps appearing throughout Acts.   He’s usually in the background, avoiding the limelight.   He has almost no speaking parts, and yet he always manages to get in on the action.   The evidence of his presence is on every page.   He is the Holy Spirit, of course! Today’s first reading (Acts 4:8) is a perfect example of the major role that the Holy...

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Quote of the Week | April 29, 2019

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” –Marianne Williamson

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Resurrection of the Body

He showed them his hands and his feet In many of the resurrection stories in the Bible, Jesus makes it a point to prove to the apostles that he is not just a ghost.   He walks long distances with them, eats breakfast with them, and invites them to probe his wounds.   Clearly he wanted them to be sure that he had truly risen from the dead. But there’s another reason why Jesus wanted his apostles—and us—to know he rose bodily.   He wanted to show...

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The breaking of the bread

Their eyes were opened and they recognized him It had been a long day of walking, but Cleopas and his friend wanted more time with their traveling companion.   The mysterious stranger seemed ignorant of the turmoil of the past days, but he could explain the Scriptures like no one they had ever heard before.   Wanting to hear more, they urged him, “Stay with us” (Luke 24:29).   So he stayed and shared a meal.   Then, with a simple gesture and a...

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