Tag Archives: Gospel of Luke

Are we the older brother?

Do you side with the older son in the story of the Prodigal Son? This father who takes in the wayward, and marginally sorry younger son with a giant celebration is a bit much. There really should be some consequences, … Continue reading

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When Jesus knows exactly who you are

Whenever we hear the story of Zacchaeus in church, I think of the little children’s rhyme of Zacchaeus climbing up the sycamore tree, “for the Lord he wanted to see.” However, as I listened yesterday, it struck me completely differently. … Continue reading

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Identity

“Who do you say that I am?” (Jesus to the disciples in Luke 9:20) What a question. You may have a script of who Jesus is. You may have a script of who God is, but when you look at your … Continue reading

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Hunting for Sheep

  I’ve always thought that the parable of the lost sheep was a little odd. Jesus asks of His listeners which of them “having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and … Continue reading

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Looking Good

  Most of us think we’re doing pretty well when it comes to how we stand before God. That’s all fine and dandy, but I think we might see things differently if we actually came face to face with Jesus. Peter, who … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

Christian forgiveness is incredibly challenging. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. For [God] himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.” (Luke 6:27-28, 35) … Continue reading

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Elizabeth

  In the readings this weekend, Mary had rushed to see Elizabeth to help in the pregnancy of her aunt. Amid the many praises that Elizabeth gives to Mary, one really stood out to me. She told Mary, “Blessed are you … Continue reading

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On Call

I remember offering a glass of wine to a friend one night at a dinner party, and they refused because they were on call that night. As a doctor, they were able to attend our dinner, but had to keep … Continue reading

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Just Repeating Back

I think as a Spiritual Director, one of the things that I will do over and over is repeat back what people tell me.  I have had so many people tell me that they don’t hear God, or that they … Continue reading

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Be Not Afraid

We’re starting our Advent calendars, and the reading last night was one verse: Luke 1:30, “The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.’”  I looked up “Do not be afraid” and … Continue reading

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