Today, Jesus commends an unrighteous manager for his shrewdness, that is, for his profound judgment. The dishonest manager wasted his master’s possessions, but it’s not his dishonesty or wastefulness that’s commended—the rich man, the master, took away his management. Too weak to dig and ashamed to beg, he uses his vocation to secure his future. […]
There’s not a lot of Gospel-sounding words in today’s Gospel lesson, but I’m going to do my best. First, though… Would anyone like to eat some rat poison? Not a lot, mind you, just a little. What if we feed rat poison to the whole world? They would eat and be satisfied. That’s good, right? […]
In the feeding of the five-thousand, there were five loaves, two fish, and twelve baskets full of pieces. Five is Moses’ number—like the Pentateuch. Two calls to mind the tablets, inscribed with the Ten Commandments by the finger of God that Moses brought down from the mountain. And twelve is the tribes of Israel. The […]
It’s not that we disagree when Jesus says, “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20). We agree, sure. That’s the easy part. Agreeing with Jesus is important, but, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom […]
God commands that you labor and hope. And Peter’s exasperated: “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!” (Luke 5:5). He has nothing to show for his efforts, and worse, he still has to clean up. Simon Peter’s first words emphasize his own work and failure. He does call Jesus “Master,” but he expresses the […]
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