Weekly thoughts and reflections on the Scripture readings according to the Revised Common Lectionary and other short reflections.
Finding Wholeness through Thanksgiving
Jesus heals 10 Lepers. One returns to give thanks. Jesus tells that one, "Your faith has made you whole. All ten were healed, and yet Jesus Offers this one something more -- Wholeness. We all long for that wholeness of Body, mind and Spirit. Jesus tells us clearly, that the path that will lead us there begins with Thanksgiving.
There are a lot of resurrection stories in the Gospel. and I don't mean that each evangelist tells the story of Christ's resurrection in their own way. But the Gospel is filled with stories of How Jesus is raised, and then goes about inviting others to step out into new life as well.
The Lord is my shepherd, therefore shall I lack nothing that I need.
There is such a great difference between what we want, and what we need. Psalm 23 promises that we shall lack nothing that we need, not nothing that we want. There's quite a difference.
There's gonna be a change, folks!
In the farewell discourse, Jesus serves notice that things are about to change, and that this change will change the world for ever. until then, the house of God was the Temple, at the centre of the people of God. Now, the dwelling of God will be forever directly within God's people.
Our Mission: To beChrist's Witnesses
In the list of things Jesus did not call us to do and be, at the top of the list is "I want you to go and build lots of big impressive buildings and then knock yourself dead to maintain them. What he did say is, "Go be my witnesses!'
Jesus declares a new exodus!
The Healing of the demon possessed man at Jerash is more than a simple healing miracle. If we knew our history better, we would know that in that one story Luke is declaring that Jesus is the God of the Exodus, and intends to set free all those who are in bandage.