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Jesus the Rule Breaker

We are accustomed to the gentle Jesus, the humble carpenter who taught us to “turn the other cheek.” But there is another side to him—the bold breaker of rules when those rules do not serve justice, love, and mercy.   The gospel of Luke (6:1-5), for instance, tells of the Sabbath day ...
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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time — What Does It Mean to Be a Good Neighbor?

“Jesus replied, ‘A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a ...
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Our Right to be Happy

With the celebration this weekend of Independence Day, we remember that God’s mercy can be witnessed in both the freedom he offers us and the way he loves us.   Freedom is a big deal in the Gospel. However, freedom in the New Testament means something very different from the way we ...
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The Mercy Psalm

The Second Book of Samuel tells of the great sin King David committed when he had one of his soldiers purposely slain in battle so David could take the man’s wife for his own.   Speaking through the prophet Nathan, God told David, “You have done this deed in secret, but I ...
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Thin Places

The early Celts used to say that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, and that in the “thin places” the distance is even smaller.   Today, we sometimes stand mute, gazing upon the Milky Way glowing in the night sky or waves dashing themselves upon rocky coasts or mountain summits ...
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Forty-Day Lenten Challenge: Mercy-ing

“I desire mercy not sacrifice.” Matthew 9:13 I am always up for a challenge. To kick off the New Year, one of my RENEW colleagues, Eartha, invited everyone on our staff to participate in a 30-day challenge. Each of us was free to select any challenges that would help us become ...
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