Flash of Fire in the Fog

Flash of Fire in the Fog

Editor’s note: This is the seventh post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. What do you seek? … Come and see. (Jn 1:38-39) At the very core of our being, there is a longing, an aching desire for happiness. We strive to fill this day after day with little... [Read more...]

Jesus, Storm-Bearer

A storm cloud. Image by Timothy Ah Koy Jesus, Storm-Bearer

Editor’s note: This is the sixth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me… to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. (Lk 4:18–19) He stands up. He is handed the scroll. He unrolls the scroll. He begins to read: “The... [Read more...]

Something Reliable

Something Reliable

Editor’s note: This is the fifth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel. (Mk 1:14) Believe in the Gospel. With this sentence, Jesus directs our attention away from... [Read more...]

Highway to Heaven

Highway to Heaven

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. Let it be so for now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) In the beginning of the Old Testament, God’s first recorded words are “let there be.... [Read more...]

Jesus Hasn’t Moved Out

The interior of a church Jesus Hasn’t Moved Out

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? (Lk 2:49) Teenagers can be awfully irrational. I know because just 10 years ago, that was... [Read more...]

Embrace of the Cross

A crucifix on a desk Embrace of the Cross

The idea of a hug from Jesus can bring to mind the figure of a blue-eyed man with tousled brown hair, probably a big beard, and a cheesy grin with his arms stretched wide waiting for you. Or this time of year, we might think of a cute baby stretching out his hands with a lovely smile. Maybe these images... [Read more...]

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