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Saturday of Trinity 19 – Matthew 19:1-15

ShareMatthew 19:1-15 Jesus’ teaching on divorce seems so hardcore to us modern, or post-modern, Christians.  I mean in Mark’s Gospel He teaches that whoever divorces and remarries commits adultery, and here in Matthew He only adds the exception of sexual infidelity.  This isn’t a very forgiving or generous attitude towards divorce, is it?  I mean, […]

October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 19 – Matthew 18:15-35

ShareMatthew 18:15-35 Growing up in Champaign, Illinois until the age of 10, I had a pretty idyllic, “Leave it to Beaver” childhood.  I remember thinking sometimes that life wasn’t all that good.  The sources of my “suffering”?  The teasing of my siblings, the Green Bay Packers team losing a game or the Chicago Cubs not […]

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Thursday of Trinity 19 – Matthew 18:1-14

ShareMatthew 18:1-14 See what concern Jesus has for little ones in Matthew 18! “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever receives […]

October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 19 – Matthew 17:14-27

ShareMatthew 17:14-27 “Why could we not cast it out?” the disciples ask, concerning the demon they had failed to exorcise. “Because of your unbelief. . . .  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” This is an intriguing passage for many reasons.  Let me clear up a confusion or red […]

October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 19 – Matthew 17:1-13

ShareMatthew 17:1-13 All of the life of Christ is one piece, like the tunic which He wore to His death and for which the soldiers cast lots.  His Transfiguration is therefore of a piece with His Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. In the Incarnation, when God was made man, the glory of the Lord, the glory […]

October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 19 – Matthew 16:13-28

ShareMatthew 16:13-28 One thing’s for sure: contrary to what atheists would have you believe, heaven will definitely not be boring! I say this because even in this life God is constantly desiring to show us new things and take us to the next level.  I’ve discovered that I went through 3 phases of watching the […]

October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 18 – Matthew 16:1-12

ShareMatthew 16:1-12 The Pharisees and Sadducees asked Jesus to show them a sign from heaven.  But Jesus denied their request, saying that they knew how to discern the face of the sky but could not discern the signs of the times.  Actually, He said that He would give them no sign but the sign of […]

October 24, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Friday of Trinity 18 – Matthew 15:21-39

ShareMatthew 15:21-39 Jesus loved the little children, and I think one of the reasons must have been because they are often so humble.  How many times my children have come to me or Jackie to ask us for something that they cannot get for themselves.  “Daddy, can you put on my shoes?”  “Mommy, I’m hongry!” […]

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 18, 2014

ShareMatthew 15:1-20                    Here’s an interesting experiment that would be fascinating to run: to write down every word that we uttered in a particular day and then examine the transcript. I wonder what such a transcript would reveal about who we are and about how holy we are. An even better measure, […]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 18 – Matthew 14:22-36

ShareMatthew 14:22-36 There are so many encounters that the disciples have with Jesus in such a short time in this one episode that I see myself in this story multiple times.  Each time I see myself, I see a little more of myself and my Lord reflected from the waters of the Sea of Galilee.  […]

October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment More