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Saturday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:31-46

ShareMatthew 25:31-46             We Americans are the richest people who have ever lived.  I’m using statistics that are now almost a decade old (and I think these numbers are even higher), but 34% of our families own 2 TVs, and 40% own 3 or more.  Our average family has 2 cars, while 18.7% of us […]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:14-30

ShareMatthew 25:14-30 Having paid close attention to the last 3 chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, this parable strikes me in a different way today.  Jesus is still talking in that long red-letter passage about when “these things shall be,” of which the disciples inquired.  He’s still talking about what He is about to do: His Crucifixion, […]

November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:1-13

ShareMatthew 25:1-13             One of my favorite shows growing up was Batman.  My favorite archvillain was King Tut (Julie Newmar’s Catwoman was a close 2nd).  I think Victor Buono was a comic genius!  Anyway, King Tut was in real life a mild-mannered Harvard professor of Egyptology, but when he got hit on the head, for […]

November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 24:42-51

ShareMatthew 24:42-51 Most of us adults don’t like being watched by our bosses.  As children, we know that we’re supposed to be watched and that this watching is for our own good.  We don’t always like it, but as children we know that it’s usually a good thing.  But as adults, we often rebel at […]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 24:29-41

ShareMatthew 24:29-41 There was a thought-provoking book published a few years ago titled The Black Swan. It provides an insightful perspective into seemingly improbable events (i.e., a ‘black swan’) and our thinking that surrounds them. The author, Nassim Nicholas Taleb contends that black swans underlie most everything within our world, but we usually fail to […]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 24:15-28

ShareMatthew 24:15-28 Something of supreme significance happened in the 1st century A.D.  It would be easy to read it as we might any other event in history, that is, with a yawn and a reach for the remote control.  Julius Caesar was murdered in 44 B.C., we read.  At the battle of Thermopylae in 480 […]

November 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 21 – Matthew 24:1-14

ShareMatthew 24:1-14 Sometimes, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.  In this case, I feel compelled to say a word about Matthew 24 and its relationship to eschatology.  In a word, I believe that in Matthew 24, Jesus is speaking not about the end of the world before His Second Coming […]

November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 21 – Matthew 23:24-39

ShareMatthew 23:24-39             Sometimes when I read the lesson for the day I feel like I’m in a biblical supermarket.  The Lord offers me so many choices for what to talk about.  Other times, it seems as if there’s only one thing to meditate on and for some reason it doesn’t compel my heart.  I […]

November 13, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of Trinity 21 – Matthew 23:13-23

ShareMatthew 23:13-23 It would be easy to hammer the scribes and Pharisees again today.  Really, they’ve made themselves such easy targets!  And Jesus Himself spends one of the longest red-letter passages in the Bible wailing on them.  So I’d have a good precedent and could claim to be following Jesus. But, you see, it’s too […]

November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 21 – Matthew 23:1-12

ShareMatthew 23:1-12 Why does Jesus use such scalding words towards the scribes and Pharisees?  His words are so caustic that I feel the sting of them 2000 years later – and they weren’t even aimed towards me! I think it’s because Jesus’ kingdom is a kingdom of love and humility (which are so closely related […]

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More