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Reflections on the Sunday readings

The promise of peace

Sometimes it may seem that the people living in Biblical times were very different from us. On the other hand, what makes scriptures so valuable is their capacity to shed light on the human dilemma, regardless of the century. Today’s readings begin with Micah, a prophet writing possibly 2500 years ago. Micah told the people that someday a child will be born in Bethlehem, and that he would bring peace. He specifically mentioned that the origins of this child are ancient (Micah 5:2). It is a mysterious comment in what is otherwise a pretty specific and straightforward prophecy.  Read More 
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It's not complicated

Today’s story involves a prophet of the Lord – a famous one – John the Baptist. Now John the Baptist was clear about a lot of things. That he was not worthy to untie a strap of the sandal of our Lord, for one thing. For another, that many of the people coming to see him needed to begin by repenting. Somehow he got them to do just that. Calling them a brood of vipers seems to have worked!  Read More 
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Let's Stay Together (Matthew 7: 13-14)

This week my office sponsored a conference in Memphis TN. You would have thought we had flown to another planet. D.C. and Memphis are two different worlds: one is competitive, urgent, brisk – the other is open, relaxed, slow. It was fascinating to note the effect on all of us. First were the comments  Read More 
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No news is good news? (1 Samuel 3)

I have quit watching the news. Or listening to it, or reading about it. Since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I just haven’t been able to take it. Still, one catches glimpses. Like the other day, when the Washington Post ran a front page, above the fold picture of  Read More 
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