Monthly Archives: August 2010

Psalm 145 – Shane and Shane

Today’s responsive reading is from Psalm 145.  It reads: R. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all and compassionate … Continue reading

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“Jews” in the New Testament

This morning I’m taking the reading less as an opportunity for devotion, but more as an opportunity for instruction, or at least to point toward resources for instruction.  In verses 23, 23, and 25 of 1 Corinthians, Paul uses the … Continue reading

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A source of gratitude and grief – Spiritual gifts

Spiritual gifts in the letter of 1 Corinithians are both a source for Paul’s gratitude but also for his grief.  In this morning’s first reading, Paul says: I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace … Continue reading

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What do you look like on the inside? (QOD)

Here’s a question of the day for you: What do you look like on the inside? (Original image here) In today’s gospel reading Jesus says: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear … Continue reading

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A very important but largely overlooked fact

In this morning’s first reading from 2 Thessalonians, we find a very important but often overlooked fact.  When the books of the New Testament, especially the epistles were written, they were written to Christians who were already a part of … Continue reading

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Marriage and divorce in the readings

In today’s readings, marriage and divorce are the topics of discussion.  In the Old Testament reading, the relationship between God and Judah is depicted as a marriage relationship with God as husband and the nation of Judah as wife.  Yet … Continue reading

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Chrysostom on considering God’s forgiveness

Today’s Gospel reading comes from Matthew 18.  It is a challenging message about forgiveness.  St. John Chrysostom gave an excellent homily on this passage, which helps to explain the it and communicates clearly the challenge to us.  I’d recommend reading … Continue reading

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