God in a Box

A few Sundays ago the gospel reading was about Jesus being questioned by the Pharisee and He in a brilliant manner put them in their place with His answer. A few days later I was thinking about this story and…

The 10 Commandments in the Modern World Part 4 – Honor Your Mother and Father

With the general breakdown of the family, this commandment can be harder and harder to follow. What does it mean to honor your parents? It of course means to respect them, but it also means that while they are raising…

The Christmas Story’s Best Supporting Actor

Readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016 In the drama of the incarnation, Jesus is, of course, the star. That’s the way it is at every birth. All eyes are on the baby. The co-star, though, is…

Putting the pieces back together

A dear friend calls — her marriage is on the brink of despair.  Another texts, “Please pray; I am losing my home.” Some of us feel the pain of estranged relatives or friends. Somehow, the holidays just magnify the pain. Shattered…

Waiting

Trust Jesus Enough to Wait for Him

Doing the right thing in the modern world is full of challenges and difficulties: we struggle with our own limitations while being bombarded with troubles from all quarters. A globalized world with inputs from all quarters is sometimes too much…

A Faith Checklist

It is the Season of Christ’s birth and the end of the year which means it is a season of checklists. Dad has one, the kids have their list, Mom has at least fours lists covering everybody from her own family…

Evangelizing Giving

“As long as we talk about  making stewardship more effective, it won’t work.”                                                      …

Rejoice in Hope

Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2016 Moses’ mission had taken him quite a distance . . . from the splendor of Pharaoh’s palace, to a stroll through the Red Sea, to wrestling with Israel’s stubbornness for…

Early Gifts

Are you excited?  Did you get it?  What, you say?  Your gift, your early Christmas gift from Jesus.   It was right there, in his conversation this morning, the third day of Advent: “Turning to the disciples in private he said,…

Are you ready?

Something wonderful also is about to happen to you. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. As you ready for his joyful coming? Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like…