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Children

In a conversation with a friend, they mentioned in passing something one of their children had done that disappointed them. With my usual sardonic sense of humor I immediately responded, “That was your mistake — having children!” The fact that I … Continue reading

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Matthew’s balance sheet

Reading slowly through the Gospel of St. Matthew, I have started to wonder if the reason God arranged for Matthew’s Gospel to be placed first in the New Testament is because, as a tax collector, he was used to working … Continue reading

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Immanuel’s peace

I was reading Matthew 10 where Jesus has just chosen his twelve disciples and is sending them out on their first evangelistic mission. He instructs them on finding lodging: Matthew 10:11. “Whatever town or village you enter, search for some … Continue reading

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Healing

There are five particular healings from Jesus that Matthew reports after his account of The Sermon on the Mount that have lately been on my mind. Four of these are also reported, in a different order, in the Gospels of … Continue reading

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Witnesses

There is one story in the life of Jesus where two requests for his prayers got tangled up. Jairus, a synagogue ruler, had a dying daughter. He begged Jesus to come and heal her. On the way to Jairus’ house, … Continue reading

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Four evangelist faces

St. Michael is the patron saint for the Scottish village of Linlithgow. The village has two parish churches. One is Roman Catholic, the other is Church of Scotland. Both of them are named St. Michael’s. St. Michael’s (Scottish) has a … Continue reading

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Vending machines

I thought of a row of vending machines with soft drinks and snacks. I’m hungry. I go to the first one and put in my coins. Nothing happens. Would it be smart for me to put in more coins and … Continue reading

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