Human beings are a mystery “God’s word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates and divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and reflections of the heart. Nothing is concealed from him…” (Heb 4). Human beings are a mystery. Anybody who has any experience with people learns…

“But if it dies, it produces much fruit” “Unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit. The man who loves his life loses it, while the man who hates his life in this world preserves it to…

Getting back to a life with meaning Like sheep without a shepherd we can wander all over the landscape without any idea of where we are going (Mk 6). Getting back to a life with meaning has to begin with realizing that our lives have lost meaning. That is the beginning of a return to…

Many people are bruised reeds When Jesus finds them, many people are bruised reeds (Mt 12). Their sins, their addictions, their way of living may have come close to destroying them. They have at least destroyed their peace of mind. As a result of these wounds they may have acquired a bitterness and resentment which…

Getting a sense of Jesus’ style “He will not contend or cry out, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed he will not crush; the smoldering wick he will not quench…” (Mt 12). In reading the Gospels it is very important to get a sense of Jesus’ style. Not only…

Are we trying to prove something? One of the biggest obstacles in the spiritual life is a tendency to be rigid. On the one hand, there may be a deep rebellion against rules; on the other, there may be a reverence for rules which gets in the way of spiritual freedom. This can lead to…

“My yoke is easy and my burden light” When Jesus says, “…my yoke is easy and my burden light,” (Mt 11) he is clearly saying that there is a yoke and a burden. What makes them easy and light? Some have said that the reason is the love with which they are given and received….

Bridging the distance God spoke to Moses as the “I Am” (Ex 3). That name implies God’s eternity, which is entirely outside of time. Philosophers have observed that the “I Am” has no history and thus cannot suffer the agonies of our developing world. Looked at this way, God seems remote, even alien. Yet the…

Our deliverance Heaven and hell begin, in a way, on this earth. Here we can only begin to experience what they really are. Our alienation from God and from other people gives only a hint of what it must be like to be left entirely to ourselves forever. Our spiritual joys give only a hint…

Cooperating in our own healing Moses told his people, “I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom…” (Deut 30). Jesus offered a similar choice. How are we to reconcile their statements which imply an “Angry God” with an image of God as a compassionate Father? The key can be found in…

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