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We have an obligation as Christian people to feed hungry people.



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today is found in Luke 16:19-31.  Commonly known as “The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus”, this parable shows us the foolishness of seeking earthly comfort (which is temporary) to the neglect of heavenly comfort (which is forever).  


Go beyond yourself for others



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Matthew 20:17-28) Jesus’ announcement says that his fate in Jerusalem will be no tragic accident of history but the outworking of God’s saving purposes for humanity. This is the preeminent work of Jesus—not his powerful deeds and words, nor his ministry among the Jews of Galilee and Judea, but his death on the cross.


Forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply is a great challenge



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


Today’s message in Luke 6:36-38 from Jesus is not an easy message to receive. Jesus is telling his disciples (and us) to be merciful. Jesus instructs us to be merciful as His Father is merciful. What a challenge this may be. The call to be merciful is not an easy or desired call!


Only if you seek to live in harmony with God and with all of God's creation, will you be truly happy



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To cut to the chase, I’d like to ask two questions concerning today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:7-12): One, what does the word, it, refer to?  In other words, when Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you,” what might you expect to receive?  And two, what is it in your life?  In other words, if you were to ask God for something, what would it be?


 "What do you really want, Jesus himself or something else?"



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


 There is time for everything



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


This is another very short Gospel (Matthew 9:14-15) reading.  Today John’s disciples come to Jesus and ask him why he and his disciples don’t fast as John and the Pharisees do.  Jesus does not answer their question directly.  Rather he uses the metaphor of a wedding.  Jesus tells them that at a wedding, the guests do not mourn will the bridegroom is still in their presence.  The time for fasting is when the bridegroom is taken away. 


Following Jesus is not easy



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


The beginning of today’s Gospel (Luke 9:22-25) is stark.  Jesus informs his disciples that the Son of Man will undergo great suffering, be rejected by the temple officials, be killed, and then be raised up on the third day.  Put yourself in the disciples’ shoes.  What would be your reaction to these words?  I assume the disciples were shaken by what Jesus said, yet they also had heard the many complaints and threats against Jesus.  They must have known that He was in danger.


Jesus channels his anger in a constructive and challenging way



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


All people have a responsibility to care for other people



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


Jesus came to redeem the inherent problem of human hearts



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:24-30) begins with the mysterious statement that Jesus went to the vicinity of Tyre and did not want anyone to know it. What was going on? Well, Jesus had been spending all of his time ministering in Jewish provinces, and that ministry was drawing overwhelming crowds, and he was exhausted. So Jesus left the Jewish provinces and went into a Gentile territory, Tyre, in order to get some rest.



Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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