“Jamie, who are His People?”

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham….   (Mt. 1:1f) If Jesus had lived in the neighborhood where I grew up, my grandmother would have been worried about me playing with Him.  She would have wanted me to shy away from Jesus because He came from …

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A Time and Place to Sing ‘Silent Night’

And the Word became flesh and lived among us… (Jn. 1:14) It was mid-December and my friends at the jail asked if I would bring them a Christmas songbook.  The following week I brought one with several choices.  They immediately began to argue over which one to sing first, until one guy said, “Stop wrangling.  …

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Jesus, Our Good Shepherd, Finds You

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” (Jn. 10:11) It was my first sermon. I was doing an internship after my first year in seminary, and one of our duties that summer was to lead a service at an assisted living home. When it was my turn, I choose to talk about Jesus the Good …

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Our Own Path to Faith

They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’    (Jn. 4:42) The Samaritans had first believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony.  What exactly they believed about …

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Forgiving Someone From Our Heart

So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.    (Mt. 18:35) The man was a respected leader in town. The man also had a secret life.  During business trips he indulged in risky behavior.  In time, he contracted a …

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Answering God’s Call

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’  (Acts. 16:9) Paul dreamed about the “man of Macedonia pleading” with him while he was in Asia Minor. Although the distance between Asia Minor and Macedonia was only a few …

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Let the Little Children Come to Me

People were bringing little children to [Jesus] in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.  But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me…'   (Mk. 10:13-14) David, a seminary classmate, and I were at a folk mass.  As we …

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A Kingdom of God Moment

Jesus said, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.'   (Mk. 1:15) At the end of each session at the jail I always ask the inmates what subject they would like to talk about for the coming week.  On one occasion they decided to …

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Room For All

He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.’   (Lk. 4:17-18) One of church’s receptionists buzzed to tell me that she had a woman on the phone that demanded to talk with …

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Our Resurrected Life

'In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be?  For all of them had married her.’ Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God.  For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven.’   (Lk. …

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