Faithful, and Not Lazy, Followers of Jesus

Faithful, and Not Lazy, Followers of Jesus

Going up to heaven, Jesus entrusts gifts and talents to his disciples.  He expects them to be faithful, no matter the kind or the amount of the gifts or talents they receive. In the parable of the talents, the good and faithful servants are those who right away trade...
Ready, Holding Lamps that Are Burning

Ready, Holding Lamps that Are Burning

Jesus is the bridegroom whom we await.  We will enter with him into the wedding feast, if with wisdom we stay awake and are ready, with our lamps burning. Jesus informs us that we really do not know the day or the hour of his coming.  He can come any day, even at an...
Simplicity that Is Unusual, yet Necessary

Simplicity that Is Unusual, yet Necessary

There is, in Jesus, consistency between thought and word, also between preaching and doing.  We are not Christians if we lack such simplicity. Jesus addresses this time the crowds and his disciples to reassure them.  That is because a religious leader’s bad behavior,...
Chaos and Darkness, No; Peace and Light, Yes

Chaos and Darkness, No; Peace and Light, Yes

Jesus shows us the right way to love God and our neighbor.  Those who love, as Jesus does, overcome chaos and darkness together with him. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, bringing order out of chaos and dispelling the darkness.  He brought...
Wisdom that Is Hard to Resist and Believe

Wisdom that Is Hard to Resist and Believe

Jesus has the wisdom in speaking that his adversaries will be powerless to resist or refuse. The Pharisees love it when people recognize their wisdom and call them teachers.  And they are wise, undoubtedly, as the tricky question they address to Jesus through theirs...

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