Author: Glenn Johnson

A Clean Heart

A Clean Heart As we continue to emerge from a time when the mantra was “wash your hands, wear your mask, keep your distance” we are beginning to see a shift in focus. It allows us to return to an older mantra, as it were: Create in me a clean heart, O God,   and put a new […]

Jesus Is Calling You

Jesus Is Calling You In the gospel of Mark a group of stories are purposefully grouped together. First, those who were with Jesus saw a blind man healed. Then, on three different occasions Jesus foretold his death and resurrection. And on all three occasions, the disciples failed to understand which in turn gave occasion to […]

Book Review: Can You Drink the Cup?

Book Review: Can You Drink the Cup? Henri Nouwen, the Dutch Catholic Priest and theologian wrote a whole book about Matthew 20:20-23. The book was titled: “Can you drink the cup?” At 107 pages, it was like most of Nouwen’s books, an easy read. Nouwen tells us of his ordination to the priesthood in 1957 […]

Called to Be of Service

Called to Be of Service In a well-known passage from the gospel of Mark, disciples James and John ask Jesus: ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’  In responding Jesus tells them: “whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes […]

Praying with Eyes Wide Open

Water. Water was scarce in Southern California. Not that we acted like it was. My father spared no expense watering the lawns on our little half acre, the El Colono Viejo, an original California ranch home that had been the home of the orange orchard rancher before my parents moved there in 1957. I was […]

Where Is Your Treasure?

Where Is Your Treasure? “Do not be afraid little flock…”  I love the beginning of this gospel reading from Luke 12:32-40, it is comforting to know that Jesus was addressing a small group: “Do not be afraid little flock…” But Luke 12:32-40 can be fairly said to contain mixed metaphors, in fact, you might even […]

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

The Year of the Lord’s Favor When Pope Francis first proclaimed the Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 2015 to November 2016 it initially escaped my notice. Busy with work, caregiving, pastoring, and personal grief, the news stories announcing this special Jubilee Year did not make it into my news feed. But then I found […]

Conversion

Conversion What is a conversion experience? The Apostle Paul, who has been described as a Jewish Christ-mystic, had a conversion experience. While on the road to Damascus pursuing an order to arrest early followers of Jesus, Paul had an ineffable experience in which he describes both seeing and hearing the resurrected Christ. In this experience […]

Jesus Appearance in Matthew and the Great Commission

Jesus Appearance in Matthew and the Great Commission Matthew provides a brief account of Jesus appearance after his resurrection in Galilee. While the story shares an indication that Jesus had instructed the disciples to meet him at a mountain in Galilee. Unlike Luke who says this occurs in Bethany, the author of Matthew does not […]