MONDAY MEDITATION: The Lesson Peter Learned (October 2)

When they finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” — John 21:15 There was a competition underlying the relationship between Peter and the unnamed “beloved disciple” in John’s Gospel. Peter envied his …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Original Sin? (May 15)

What are human beings that you think about them; what are human beings that you pay attention to them?You’ve made them only slightly less than divine, crowning them with glory and grandeur. — Psalm 8:4-5 The “original sin” idea is found in the mythic tale of Adam and Eve disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit. …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: “While We Were (Are) Sinners” (May 23)

But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8 As I reflect on my life, I don’t always like what I see. Mistakes made in choices, conversations, relationships, actions. I look back and ask, “What was I thinking?” I hadn’t awakened one morning and said, “Let’s see how I …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Selfie-Sin (March 21)

Everything they do, they do to be noticed by others. – Matthew 23:5a Taking selfies challenges me. I struggle making sure the camera is facing the right way while looking up into it because I’ve been told that’s the best angle. Regardless, my selfies usually look as if I’m wondering if I’m taking the shot …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Love, Family Style (January 17)

A certain man, Lazarus, was ill. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha…So the sisters sent word to Jesus, saying, “Lord, the one whom you love is ill.” – John 11:1, 3 Mary and her sister Martha had an interesting relationship. In Luke, these two sisters, who were so different …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Loving Poorly (January 3)

Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. – Matthew 6:12 Father Henri Nouwen wrote, “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly.” (From his You Are the Beloved) How do we love poorly? …

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