Sunday, August 29, 2010

Humble Greatness

Sirach 10:12-18 On pride
Psalm 112 Bessings of the righteous
Luke 14:1, 7-14 Humility and hospitality

How do we rightly understand humility in a world so bent on rising above the rest and cultivating an artificial self? Jesus offers a paradoxical truth. And it is just this contradictory twist that breaks us free of the dilema and liberates the soul.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Faithful Wanderers in the Global Cities

Isaiah 5: 1-7 The unfaithful vineyard
Psalm 80: 1-2, 9-19
Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Great could of witnesses

In this secular, globized city it is easy to become discourage, to go with the flow of that which marginalizes and isolates so many people. We are being called to trust in God and in what the future holds and promises. We are called to run the race of life with patience, perseverance, and steadfast endurance.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Promise of Life

Genesis 15:1-6 • Abram's trust in God
Luke 12:32-40 • Watchfulness and trust

There is so much in our world that is frightening, frustrating, discouraging; cynicism and depair are so near. Yet at the heart of our faith is a simple, vigilant trust. We are offered a way to see life differently: filled with promise and hope.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wise Wealth

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 All is vanity
Psalm 49:1-12 the foolishness of trusting wealth
Luke 12:13-21 The parable of the rich fool

Conventional wisdom directs us to get ahead and to achieve as much wealth and power as possible. But in truth there is a fatal error here. There is a very different set of virtues that lead us to the true fulfillment of life.

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