Repentance means work we would rather avoid The sign of Jonah is the sign of repentance which leads to renewal. The ultimate renewal is resurrection in Christ. There is a great difference between the way this world seeks deliverance and renewal and how God goes about it. Purely worldly revolutions begin with enthusiasm and an…

What makes the countercultural actions of Jesus true? Jesus often spoke and acted in a way that was countercultural. He didn’t measure up to what people expected a Messiah to be. Being countercultural is risky. It can also be insane. We may be expressing not only a spiritual perception of our world; we may be…

We do not need to go to the ends of the earth In our relationship with God there is great danger in the extraordinary. Pride can so easily creep in: What a special person I must be to receive so special a sign from God! There are those who seek these things and, in fact,…

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….

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