The Holy Innocents

The Bible just never lets us off the hook. There’s no coasting. No relaxing. The church has just celebrated Christmas, with all the familiar, comforting stories. The sweet carols.  Angels and shepherds. And little baby Jesus, sleeping in heavenly peace. Candlelight and lullabies. The Christmas story is sweet and wonderful. It is a tender story […]

Fishing, Feeding, Tending

 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They […]

Lost, Found, Rejoice

The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, the Lost Sons (the Prodigal Son) are three familiar parables. So familiar we may think we know them. But these parables, like other biblical stories reward repeated engagement. Reading them this time, I was struck by the repeating celebrating and joy. “He calls together his friends and neighbors, saying […]