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Friday, September 1, 2017

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable/favorable year of the Lord.’ And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’” (Lk 4: 16-21)

Having read alo...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, ‘May we know what this new teaching is which you present? For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean.’ Now all the Athenians and the visiting foreigners spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new (τι καινότερον, something newer). So Paul, standing in the middle of the Areopagus, said: ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you…’” (Acts 17: 19-23)

So these people, who “spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something...

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18: 21)


Ouch! Yes, my words can spread “life,” or my words can spread “death.” Not only by way “of the tongue,” as it was when Proverbs were written. Today my sharing of words happens increasingly online, in what I choose to “forward” or “share” via text-message, tweet, email, or otherwise. I’m thinking about this today, because yesterday I received a nasty email, and then forwarded it to a close friend, saying something to the effect of, Look, she’s at it again, this one. I shouldn’t have done that. I could have “stopped the madness,” so to say, by just keeping it to myself. Simple abstinence in forwarding, and wise use of “DELETE” would have been a beneficial exercise in compassion and...

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