Category Archive: scripture

Aug 07

Even the Dogs Eat the Scraps

There’s a reference to dogs in today’s gospel and I will take full advantage of that to talk about my dog! Most people believe that the reference to dogs in the gospel of Matthew is a negative one. Jesus says to a Caananite women who asks his assistance “It is not right to take the …

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Aug 06

But He Did Not Know What He Was Saying

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Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration in which appears one of my favorite lines in all of scripture in Luke’s gospel: “As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one …

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Aug 05

Don’t Bother

In reading today’s scripture the words don’t bother came to mind quickly. We have Moses asking God to kill him rather than to put up with the people complaining about not having meat and having to settle for manna. (Our vegans and vegetarians now love Moses). Then we have Jesus who goes off to be …

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Mar 10

Can You Love Someone Who Tells You to Drop Dead?

A Jewish woman who survived the concentration camps tells the story of the train ride to Auschwitz. She was with her little brother…and she looked down at him on the train and noticed that he didn’t have any shoes on. And she screamed at him, “What is WRONG with you? Can’t you keep you things …

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Dec 28

Holy Innocents

Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents, for those not aware, the Holy Innocents are the children who were slaughtered by King Herod who, in his madness, was trying to make sure he killed the newborn King, by killing all male babies in the vicinity. It’s a horrible story. Joseph takes Jesus and Mary …

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Dec 16

We Need to Be John the Baptist Today

Many people say that words fail us during these times of great challenge, when parents can’t even send their kids to kindergarten. I respectfully disagree. I can say that many of us don’t know what to say during times when horrendous situations befall us, and to protect ourselves from saying something stupid, we say nothing. …

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Nov 19

When It Seems Like the Stars are Falling Out of the Sky

Here is a reflection from last night’s apocalyptic Sunday readings: Hey! What’s new? That can be a catch up line…But “what’s new” can also be scary. After all, who knows what day it will be when our world ends? The Mayans tell us that the world will end of December 21, 2012 at 11:11 …I’m …

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Oct 01

To Whom Would You Give Your Right Arm?


A dental student last year asked one of his classmates a provocative question before their big gross anatomy test. “Linda, would you cut off your “ring finger toe” in exchange for an “A” on this test?” I quickly pointed out that if he was about to take an anatomy test and the only way he …

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Sep 18

Then Jesus said, “My Wife”?

Did Jesus marry? At least one historian is claiming a definite maybe. From today’s NYT: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: …

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Sep 13

But I Don’t Wanna…

Do you ever read the Gospel and hear words that you just don’t want to hear? Today perhaps is no different: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on …

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