Angels are messengers of God’s presence. They are not intended to be an object of fascination in themselves but a reflection back to the love of the One who sends them.
John the Baptist was no gourmet. He followed a diet that would make you choke—locusts and wild honey. Now why would John follow this strange menu?
Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.
It is unfortunate that Christians often carry a negative understanding of the Pharisees. Historical research has indicated that Jesus was closer to the Pharisees than to any other religious group.
What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Mary, the mother of Jesus, offers a strategy. Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”
Jesus asks us to be prepared. But how can we prepare, when we do not know what to expect? We will be prepared, if we live with thankfulness.
Our salvation does not depend on our worthiness—only on God’s love. The story of the Good Thief emphasizes that it is never too late to find that love.
If we can see care and love in a spouse, in a co-worker, or in a close friend, then those gifts challenge us to see an even greater love and care in our God.
When we become stuck in our sadness, Zacchaeus tells us that the way out is not by sinking or sighing, but by acting. The way out is by doing something, by throwing ourselves into motion for our own good and for the good of others.
We cannot demonstrate scientifically that there is life after death. So what can we say that would, if not prove eternal life, nevertheless assist us in believing in it?
The patriarchs of the Hebrews Scriptures would regularly meet their future spouses at a well. So when Jesus meets a woman at a well in Samaria, the implication is that he is about to be married.