Rhonda Mawhood Lee
Rhonda Mawhood Lee is an Episcopal priest and the author of Through with Kings and Armies: The Marriage of George and Jean Edwards (Cascade).
“Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” Most of us can identify with that request. It’s only fair: each member should receive their own portion of a family’s wealth when the time comes to divide it. But Jesus doesn’t seem to care about fairness.
Deo gratias. That’s what the sign in my office says. It’s not fancy, just two words laser-printed on office paper and tacked up over the computer monitor so I can read it dozens of times a day. The phrase—which means “Thanks be to God”—is the traditional Benedictine greeting that monks offer visitors.