Those Hands

As Jesus ascends heavenward we are informed, “…lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them…” (Luke 24:50f).  Those raised hands are the hands that had warmly blessed the children, they had caressed the untouchable lepers and healed...

Tribulation Overcome

In the climactic statement of Sunday’s Gospel Jesus avows: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33b) Christians are often given the very wrong impression that their life will be wonderful and peaceful, that if...

Homework…What’s the Point?

Homework.  Does this word immediately cue groans from students, parents, even teachers?  If the very word evokes primarily negative thoughts, then what’s the point? We all want our students to succeed.  There’s no disagreement there.  So, we prepare...

“I Am Making All Things New”

In Sunday’s Epistle, Jesus—the Alpha and the Omega, the one sitting upon the throne—makes the universal promise: “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)  Who?  Why?  How?  When? Who is this who makes such an impossible promise?  It is the eternal Son of God...

The Shepherd’s Voice

Jesus, The Good Shepherd, identified His sheep thus:  “My sheep hear my voice.”  This means of identification was recognized in Jesus’ day.  A shepherd could simply speak and his sheep—and no one else’s sheep—would come running to follow. Sheep recognized their...