Clean

Read Sunday’s Gospel.  Jesus is against you washing your hands.   Okay, not really. When you read the text, Jesus is against the religious leaders setting these unimportant traditions as the benchmarks of holiness.   Clean and unclean is not caused by what you eat or do not eat. Cleanliness here refers to what matters…

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Things Known and Unknown

The prayers of confession often include the plea for forgiveness for things “done and left undone.” The Psalmists often asks God to search their heart and to “cleanse me from my secret faults.” These prayers point us towards one of the strange things about being human beings: there are things going on in  us that…

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Looking Up

Have you heard? The news is always getting our attention with bad news because we are wired by biology to pay attention to things that may keep up out of danger. When we hear that there may be something dangerous, we have to listen!  My favorite example of this was a commercial I heard at…

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The Bread of Life: Second Movement

The Bread of Life discourse continues this week as Jesus moves deeper into the meaning of who he is.   “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” What does it mean to never be hungry or thirsty? We have two clues…

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