Jeremiah 31This meditation is based on Jeremiah 31:31-34

31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

In this passage the prophet Jeremiah ((born probably after 650 BCE, Anathoth, Judah—died c. 570 BCE, Egypt), announces a new covenant that God will establish with the world.  A new path by which God will relate to the world through the message of the Gospel and the messenger of the Holy Spirit.  This new relationship is best illustrated by the baptism of an infant boy.

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Holy Scriptures: A Hammer or a Healer?

hammer or heal Our Meditation is based on 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”

“What is the ultimate goal of the study of Holy Scriptures?”  St. Timothy helps us understand that unless our study, instruction and reproof equips us for every good work, our endeavors fall short of their intended goal.

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Let Me Introduce Myself Again!

This meditation is based on Exodus 32:7-14 & Luke 15:1-10

Introduce myself

What was your first introduction to God?  Most likely it was as a child at Christmas intimately associated with the man in the red coat and the white beard. What was the theology associated with that “god”?  It goes like this:  “You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…” because if you are naughty this “god” is going to leave you out of the gift giving.   Most of us carry that image of God in our hearts as adults.  Even though we found out at an early that Santa was nothing but fake news, the naughty/nice theology stuck!

Today Jesus reintroduces God to us again.  The God who repented of taking us off the list of nice, and who searches diligently to find anyone who considers themselves lost to his love and grace.

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I Have Much More to Say…

The Scripture for this meditation is John 16:12-14  12I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, she will guide you into all the truth; for she will not speak on her own, but will speak whatever she hears, and she will declare to you the things that are to come. 14She will glorify me, because she will take what is mine and declare it to you. 

Upon taking leave of His disciples before His ascension, Jesus explains to them that not everything about life and death has been said, but that as the church can bear it, new truth will be told through the Holy Spirit.  It is the church’s responsibility to proclaim that truth as Jesus’ own, as God’s people mature and life demands it.

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