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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 8, 2019: Run so as to win

When a neighbor announced she planned to run a marathon, her motivation impressed us all. Even more remarkable was the transformation of her daily life as she prepared to achieve her goal.

      In the months leading to the marathon, she kept to a rigorous running schedule, made changes to her diet, ensured she got plenty of rest, and fought through the physical aches and pains that come with an intense training routine. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 1, 2019: The key to humility

Jesus counsels us to take a humble approach to situations in our lives. To illustrate his point, he offers this recommendation:

      “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 25, 2019: A spiritual marathon

When a neighbor announced she planned to run a marathon, her motivation impressed us all. Even more remarkable was the transformation of her daily life as she prepared to achieve her goal.

      In the months leading to the marathon, she kept to a rigorous running schedule, made changes to her diet, ensured she got plenty of rest, and fought through the physical aches and pains that come with an intense training routine. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 18, 2019: Jesus’ feelings

For the times when it’s hard to do the right thing, the author of today’s second reading makes a suggestion. Keep looking at Jesus, he says. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 11, 2019: Father in faith

Scripture holds up Abraham as our “father in faith.” That’s no small title! And we might wonder whether Abraham’s example can still speak to us today. Popular culture has a thousand and one ways of trying to convince us that faith makes us less human, less free, even less intelligent! Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 4, 2019: Concerning foolishness

In our first reading, God appears to Abraham, but Abraham doesn’t know it’s God.

      God takes the form of three travelers who pass by Abraham’s campsite during the blazing heat of midday, as Abraham sits in the shade of the huge tree under which his tent is pitched. That Abraham doesn’t know the travelers are God is crucial for understanding what happens next. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 28, 2019: Can I have a cookie?

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the word “freedom” comes into focus while we gather together to celebrate with family and friends. We give thanks to God for the freedom that is the heritage of this land. And we are grateful for the men and women whose heroic sacrifices in the past and in the present ensure the many freedoms we enjoy as a nation and as individuals. Continue reading

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