Maybe the parable of the persistent widow isn't about God. Maybe it's about us.
Living by the Word
When I read this week's Gospel, I remember two lepers I saw at a train station in India—how alone they were.
I'm more than a bit smitten with the image of rekindling the gift of God within us.
Luke's story of the rich man and Lazarus is full of vivid details. Which makes you cringe the most?
What is Jesus thinking when he tells the parable of the dishonest steward?
James calls Abraham a “friend of God.” In this week’s reading from Exodus, Moses presumes upon a similar divine friendship to offer God advice.
In this week’s Gospel text, the piercing hyperbole about family and discipleship normally receives top billing homiletically. However, I am newly struck by Jesus’ words regarding building a tower.
Jesus offers his unsolicited advice fully aware of the jousting for prominence that occurs in our social spaces. He sees our mad dash to the front row so that we can be seen by the chief executive officer, the potential major donor, or the bishop.
The unnamed woman’s healing in this week’s Gospel reading is a story of expansion, revelation, vision widened by grace. There’s more to the story, however.
Fire is a dangerous image for Jesus to use, even if he doesn’t mean it literally. What kind of God would bring fire to the earth?