Under the Shears (A reflection on John 15.1-8)

The Gospel reading today is one of Jesus’ famous “I AM” parables, and it’s always been one of my favorites: “I am the vine, you are the branches.” It’s a beautiful image of what it means to be united with God and of God’s sustaining energies that flow through us. But, as I was reminded … Continue reading Under the Shears (A reflection on John 15.1-8)

Where you cast your nets (A reflection on John 21.1-14)

I once heard a sermon which summarized Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances with the Douglas Adams line, “So long, and thanks for all the fish.” I couldn’t help but think of this as I was reading this morning’s Gospel reading. The disciples are fishing but are having a frustrating time of it. A man, later recognized to … Continue reading Where you cast your nets (A reflection on John 21.1-14)

Havruta

It’s been a long time since I’ve explored a practice of Scripture reading here. For the most part, the Scripture reading practices I’ve been able to find recently have seemed too similar to ones I’ve already explored, essentially just variations on Lectio Divina and Ignatian Gospel Contemplation. So, I was excited to find a willing … Continue reading Havruta