Category: Eastertide

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 […]

The Restoration Question

The Restoration Question In the Gospel of Acts, the disciples ask the restoration question: So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ – Acts of the Apostles 1:6 Jesus teaching to the disciples was heavily focused on the kingdom of God. […]

The Tulips of Pella

The Tulips of Pella My day begin in a gathering of High Priests, Evangelists and Bishops as we shared memories of May Day Baskets in the pre-gathering time on Zoom. While I have faint memories of my sister having been involved with May Day Baskets at some time in early childhood, this is not a […]

A Fish Breakfast by the Galilee

A Fish Breakfast by the Galilee The 21st chapter of the Gospel of John provides a peculiar ending to the story of Jesus. Even as a resurrection appearance story it is unusual. While Matthew and Luke’s gospels tell of the ascension, John simply ends the story with Jesus having breakfast by the lake in the […]

Journey in the Mystery of God

Journey in the Mystery of God Steve Veazey, President of Community of Christ, recently shared in an interview with Linda Booth on the Project Zion Podcast in a very interesting discussion that touched on spirituality: I think it’s proven that hard times cause more people to spiritually yearn to seek God for help and hope […]