Jesus the Radical: A Reflection on Luke 6.27-38

Jesus is rarely who we want him to be. We want him to be comfortable, reassuring, and safe, but he is none of these things. Jesus’ teaching is hard. If we really hear it, no matter where we are situated in terms of economics, society, or politics, it will make us uncomfortable, unsettled, and feel … Continue reading Jesus the Radical: A Reflection on Luke 6.27-38

Blessed Are You Poor (in Spirit?): A Reflection on Luke 6.17-26

The other week, I wrote that if I could only have two pieces of Scripture to form my Bible, I’d choose Jesus’ appropriation of Isaiah 61 as his personal mission (Luke 4) and the first half of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). As it happens, today’s Gospel reading is Luke’s parallel telling of … Continue reading Blessed Are You Poor (in Spirit?): A Reflection on Luke 6.17-26

On Wonder, Humility, and Vocation: A Reflection on Luke 5, Isaiah 6, and 1 Corinthians 15

"Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” “For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle” "Go away from me, Lord, for I … Continue reading On Wonder, Humility, and Vocation: A Reflection on Luke 5, Isaiah 6, and 1 Corinthians 15

Love at the Root: A Reflection on 1 Corinthians 13.1-13

As the old proverb has it, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Seeing or hearing something too often can cause us not to pay attention to it. This can be especially true when something is most familiar to us in a specific context. I am convinced that this has happened with today’s epistle reading, 1 Corinthians 13.1-13, commonly … Continue reading Love at the Root: A Reflection on 1 Corinthians 13.1-13

The Jesus Manifesto: A Reflection on Luke 4.14-21 and 1 Corinthians 12.12-31

A few years ago I went through a period of reading a lot Buddhist literature. I stopped, not because I didn’t find it valuable — indeed, if you ever need help surviving the experience of having a human mind, Buddhism is a great place to turn! — but because it got repetitive. No matter what … Continue reading The Jesus Manifesto: A Reflection on Luke 4.14-21 and 1 Corinthians 12.12-31