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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is simple/single (ἁπλοῦς, i.e., not mixed, not complex), your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is evil (πονηρὸς), your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Mt 6:22-23)

An “evil” eye or perspective is devoid of God’s simplicity, or His stabilizing, ever-merciful perspective. When I spend too much time with my own thoughts and without prayer, I tend to get overwhelmed by my own “overthinking” of things. Or I misuse my thinking capacities (the “lamp” of my body) to speculate about the future or past, in pointless “what ifs.”

In faith and through faith, I find that my most hopelessly-complicated situations become simple, when I just walk through them as I am calle...

Monday, June 8, 2015

“And, behold, a woman, who was ill with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I just touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned around, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, take heart; your faith has made you whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (Mt 9: 20 – 22)


It took great faith to think as this woman did. But the action she took was so simple; almost naïve: If I just touch His garment… She simply came close, and touched. Despite the potential embarrassment, rejection, or whatever else she could have imagined, had she thought out her little plan more thoroughly.


I can tend to over think things, creating barriers and complications to communion with God. But He is not complicated....

Sunday, June 7, 2015

“Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (The Lord’s Prayer, Mt 6: 10)


These words, addressed to the Father, Who is in heaven, are first prayed by Christ, Who was here among us, on earth, when He prayed them. Through Him and in Him the will of the Father was being done “on earth, as it is in heaven.” And so God’s will continues to be done on earth, through Christ and in Christ.I might not understand what “God’s will” is in my various situations, prospects, relationships, and so on. And that’s OK, because figuring out God’s will is not a commandment. Desiring it is. That is, recognizing that my own will isn’t enough.Today I do understand that my will isn’t enough. My own ambitions, motivations, and intentions easily go astray by something like self-seeking; they can also be paralyze...

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