Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; (1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136;) Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
I have come to realize how mysterious a thing a seed is. Within that kernel, there is the memory of centuries of death and rebirth, and a promise of future plants for as long as the earth will last.
I’ve been thinking often over the last few days and weeks about the last three verses of the magnificent eighth chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome.
Again and again, the religious impulse in human beings turns violent. Is there no other side to this grim tale?
What the Prodigal Son story doesn’t mean
The Prodigal Son is often read to mean that God loves sinners, whereas the Jews thought God only loved the righteous. This makes no sense.
Insights from Origen on prayer
Growing in prayer is not simply acquiring a set of special spiritual skills. It is growing into Christian humanity.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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