We are called to go out, but we are called to go out bearing gifts and with an openness to receive the gifts of others.
Jesus weeps, and his tears become a human expression of God's divine intention to enter our pain and confusion and to love us to life again and again because God is at God’s heart a God of life.
The Feast of the Holy Name... is the Feast that begins our year with hope and joy in the reality that we are connected to this messianic hope that God has come to save us.
When we try to go it alone, when we make the sum-total of our spirituality about our own personal salvation, when we forget our radical, waterborne connection with one another we miss the whole point of Christianity altogether.
That is where I found Jesus and continue to find him again and again: in the space that is left when my strength or words fail in the face of such immense human suffering.
Patterns and familiarity are helpful connection points to God; and, God often moves beyond the boundaries of our well-worn paths.
God places the crown of this exalted vision above our heads, and we spend the rest of our lives striving to grow tall enough to wear it.
Entering the life of ordained ministry will be the hardest thing you will ever do.
Every time I hear the spirituality of children and youth being dismissed in any way, I hear Jesus saying “suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not.”
When we serve those are hurting or broken or hurting, we don’t do it to show off how wonderful we are. Rather, we reveal to depth to which we too are in need of healing.