Sara Maitland is the author of From the Forest: A Search for the Hidden Roots of Our Fairy Tales (Counterpoint).
People assume that silence and peace can be simply harnessed together, silence as Xanax for the soul. But that's not how deserts work.
I decided to write about the Joel reading in my Century column for this week, because I find his language and imagery—like that of many of the prophetic books—so rich and inspiring. But if I were preaching myself (not that I ever have to) I would probably choose to address the omissions from the Jeremiah and Timothy readings.
I’ve been thinking about Jacob a good deal lately, so for this week’s Century lectionary column I wrote about Jacob and the angel. But I also rather wanted to write about the Gospel reading, the Unjust Judge parable from Luke. I wanted to write about the parable because on the surface it is a bit nonsensical.
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