The Challenge of Grace

I have been obsessed lately by the statement in Georges Bernanos’ book The Diary of a Country Priest, also found in a biography about Flannery O’Connor:  “Everything is grace.” It’s a challenge to see grace everywhere, especially in difficult times. Yet grace is everywhere,...

Psalm 37

This psalm is sometimes called a wisdom psalm. It is not a prayer, but contains advice and reflections. As we read it today, we might think of the words as coming from a teacher instructing students. First is a warning about evildoers, a warning that continues throughout the psalm. Such people may seem to be...

Psalm 36

The first 10 verses of this psalm are a meditation.  The author observes both the wicked and the good.  He considers their relationship to God. Sin gets into the heart of the wicked and drives God out of their lives.  They have no fear (or reverence) for God.  God means nothing to them.  Far from...

Psalm 35

The psalmist relies upon God to help him against enemies.  The latter are described in graphic pictures.  They are dangerous warriors, cunning hunters, roaring beasts.  They lie, slander, devour, tyrannize. The psalmist reacts:  “Make their way slippery and dark.”  “Let them fall into the pit they...

What a Party!

One of the great stories in the Bible is the marriage feast of Cana. They must have had a rollicking good time with all the wine.  Did Jesus and his 12 each toast the bride and groom with a cup of wine?  That might have drained the supply drastically.  So maybe it was Jesus’ fault that they ran...

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