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Friday, October 6, 2017

But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” (Eph6: 21-24)

St. Paul “comforts the hearts” of his people by sending Tychicus to let them know how he is doing. The Apostle is affirming his love for his flock by keeping it informed about his affairs. Conversely, I’m thinking, it would be damaging for love, and ultimately for church-unity, were the people kept in the dark about what’s going on with their chu...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith he said, ‘Man (Ἄνθρωπε), your sins are forgiven you (ἀφέωταί σοι).’ And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, ‘Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?’ When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, ‘Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man (ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου) has power on earth to forgive sins’—he said...

Monday, April 24, 2017

And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not be of anxious mind (καὶ μὴ μετεωρίζεσθε)...“ (Lk 12: 29)

The Greek expression used here for “do not be anxious of mind“ (μὴ μετεωρίζεσθε, me meteor-izesthe) literally means “do not float in mid-air,“ or be raised up and carried to and fro (like a meteor)! In other words, – Be grounded, Jesus is saying, in your here and now. It is a vital message for me in our Internet Age, when “virtual reality“ online carries me to and fro, from story to story. And can also distract me from my “vocation,“ which, among other things, brings me my “daily bread,“ or “what (I am) to eat drink,“ in the sense of both physical and spiritual nourishment.

I started thinking about this passage after listening, just last night, to Tom W...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. And the scribes and the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Those who are well (οἱ ἰσχύοντες) have no need of a physician, but those who are sick (οἱ κακῶς ἔχοντες); I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (εἰς μετάνοιαν).” (Mk 2: 14-17)

So Levi, one of the “sinners” in this picture, was called to “repentance” (“metanoia,” a ch...

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