Declaring Our Dependence: The Gospel of Neediness In a Society of Self-Sufficency

A reflection on the lectionary readings for Sunday, July 5thIn the spring and fall and sometimes the summer my wife and I love to go backpacking.  We enjoy the quiet of long miles on the trail, the beauty of God’s creation, and the simplicity of living from a backpack.  But if we admit it, another pleasure of backpacking is getting outfitted for the trip.  Before we head to the woods we lay out our equipment, an array of compact and lightweight items to provide a level of comfort for the jour … [Read more...]

Jesus is President: A Meditation

Spend 10 to 20 minutes on this meditation adapted from The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.Imagine an earthly ruler who is good and capable, working for the good of all, yet exercising justice.Spend some time thinking about what this ruler would be like.Then imagine that this ruler calls on you to come and work for him or her.  What kinds of missions might this king or president or prime minister send you on? Imagine the president saying to you, "I have a special … [Read more...]