A relative of mine would yell at referees during basketball games, “You blind Bartimaeus!” This name-calling was, of course, meant as an insult. (It was also problematic in ways I didn’t quite understand as a teenager.) But Bartimaeus was wise. He didn’t have to see Jesus to know who – and what – he was.… Read More
Narrative Lectionary: Not Me, God! The Call of Moses (Exodus 2:23-3:15; 4:10-17)
Do you hear it? The cry of the oppressed? It would be easy to miss in our rush to get to the story of the call of Moses, but we must ensure that, first of all, we hear the cry of the suffering Hebrew people kept as slaves by the Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 2:23). The… Read More
Sunday Prayer: every minute of every day
In the name of Christ,
hear our prayers, O God!
Each and every minute
of each and every day
our faith is tested … Read More
Sunday Prayer: prayer and praising
Rabbi … Teacher …
your wisdom is as great
as your compassion.
Even when people come to you … Read More
Sunday Prayer: guide us on our journey
Rabbi … Teacher … Master,
We are both amazed by your knowledge
and intimidated by it.
Your wisdom is greater than the universe,
and nothing can compare with it.
We listen, … Read More
Sunday Prayer: the time has come
The time has come, God.
The world is in crisis:
fear-mongering, … Read More
Sunday Prayer: grant wisdom and courage
your turning of the tables is not popular here;
your emphasis on love instead of power is considered foolish;
your righteous anger in the face of despicable behavior … Read More
Sunday Prayer: Time’s up!
you picked up the mantle of truth-telling
and went about the countryside
proclaiming “Time’s up!
The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Read More
Sunday Prayer: embolden us
Benefactor and Wisdom,
in trying times,
you challenge us to be
the people you call us to be.
You endow us
and courage, … Read More
Thursday Prayer: courage, perseverance and kindness
This is a prayer for all who wake needing courage this day:For the one whose landscape has been impactedby tragedy or disaster;For the one who has to say or do a hard thing;For the one who will show courage by walking away;For the one whose courage looks like trying a new thing. This is a… Read More