Archive for the 'Sunday Journal' Category

April 20, 2014

Our Risen Hope Thoughts on the Gospels -by Joe Easter John 20:1-9 When Jesus’ followers walked, ate and reflected with him, they saw him not just as the presence of God among them; they also saw a person like themselves sharing their hopes and dreams. He was one of them. He struggled, as they did, […]

April 13, 2014

Where Love And Hope Lead Thoughts on the Gospels -by Joe Palm Sunday Matthew 24:14-27:66 During Holy Week most of us focus on Jesus’ suffering and death. Many of us even understand the goal of Jesus’ entire life to be suffering and dying in order to return humanity to God’s good grace. The first generations […]

April 6, 2014

Faith’s Inevitable Tension Thoughts on the Gospels -by Joe 5th Sunday of Lent John 11: 1-45 “I don’t watch the news anymore. Listening to all the troubles around the world is pointless. There are too many bad things going on that I can’t do anything about. I’ve got enough with my kids and friends. I […]

March 30, 2014

Loving Community Is The Key to Church Thoughts on the Gospels -by Joe 4th Sunday of Lent John 9: 1-41 The reaction of the man Jesus cured of congenital blindness resonates with people. “I don’t know or care about his theological status. He fixed my eyes; he did something good. That’s what matters.” Sometimes religious […]

March 23, 2014

The Focus Of Faith Is The Work Of Love Thoughts on the Gospels -by Joe 3rd Sunday of Lent John 4:5-42 The social, political and ethical arenas of our lives are often contentious. But it’s within our own Church that, for many of us, the fighting is most painful. As an area of our lives […]

March 16, 2014

So Many Faiths,Yet One Before God Thoughts on the Gospels -by Joe 2nd Sunday of Lent Matthew 17:1-9 No one ever asked me why Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus during the Transfiguration nor did anyone speculate with me about what the great liberator and the great prophet discussed with Jesus during their visit. Luke […]

March 9, 2014

Begin With Jesus’ Assumption Thoughts on the Gospels -by Joe 1st Sunday of Lent Matthew 4:1-11 When I was growing up, my siblings and I had a simple understanding of right and wrong: you couldn’t do something bad to someone else unless that person had done something bad to you. We considered, “He hit me […]