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Lectionary Reflection—28 August 2016

Hebrews 13.1-8, 15-16 (adapted): Keep loving each other like family. Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place. Marriage must be honored in every respect, with no cheating on the relationship, because God will judge the sexually immoral person and the person who commits adultery. Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, “I’ll never leave you nor abandon you.” This is why we can confidently say,
Yahweh’s my helper, and I won’t be afraid. What can people do to me?
Remember your leaders who spoke God’s word to you. Imitate their faith as you consider the way their lives turned out. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!...So let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the frui…

Lectionary Reflection—21 August 2016

Luke 13.10-17 (adapted): Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. A woman was there who’d been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and couldn’t stand up straight. When he saw her, Jesus called her to him and said, “Woman, you’re set free from your sickness.” He placed his hands on her and she straightened up at once and praised God.
The synagogue leader, incensed that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, responded, “There are six days during which work’s permitted. Come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath day.”
The Lord replied, “Hypocrites! Don’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from its stall and lead it out to get a drink? Then isn’t it necessary that this woman, a daughter of Abraham, bound by Satan for eighteen long years, be set free from her bondage on the Sabbath day?” When he said these things, all his opponents were put to shame, but all those in the crowd rejoiced at all the extraordinary things he was doing.
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News!

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I’ve been sitting on some news for a while now that only a handful of people knew about. But I can finally let everyone else in on the secret! I was one of a group of contributors working with Kenneth R. McIntosh for a new study Bible from Anamchara Books—The Celtic Study Bible!

The final release dates have been confirmed:
E-book release dates: Introduction: 16 September 2016 Matthew: 16 October 2016 Mark: 16 November 2016 Luke: 16 December 2016 John: 16 January 2017 Acts: 16 February 2017
Physical book (all e-book sections): 17 March 2017--St Patrick's Day!
I’m so humbled and honored to be part of such a project. If you have an interest in Celtic Christianity, you might find this Bible a helpful resource.


~~~ In the Love of the Three in One,
Br. Jack+, LC

Lectionary Reflection—14 August 2016

Luke 12:49-56 (adapted): “I came to cast fire upon the earth. How I wish that it was already ablaze! I have a baptism I must experience. How I’m distressed until it’s completed! Do you think that I’ve come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, I’ve come instead to bring division. From now on, a household of five will be divided—three against two and two against three. Father will square off against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud forming in the west, you immediately say, ‘It’s going to rain.’ And indeed it does. And when a south wind blows, you say, ‘A heat wave’s coming.’ And it does. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret conditions on earth and in the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret the present time?”
A lot of people don’t like these verses from Luke. “I don’t think Jesus wo…

Lectionary Reflection—07 August 2016

Luke 12.32-40 (adapted): “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that won’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.
“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps lit. Be like people waiting for their master to come home from a wedding celebration, who can immediately open the door for him when he arrives and knocks on the door. Happy are those servants whom the master finds waiting up when he arrives. I assure you that, when he arrives, he’ll dress himself to serve, seat them at the table as honored guests, and wait on them. Happy are those whom he finds alert, even if he comes at midnight or just before dawn. But know this, if the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he wouldn’t have allowed his home to be broken into. You also must be re…