[Jesus said,] “…Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” (Mt. 17:27b) This passage (verses 24-27) is very rich in several ways. First, by asking questions, Jesus teaches Peter and us that our Father is […]

September is the month when things get really busy for many people. Vacation time is over, children go back to school and their parents struggle to manage the over-crowded family calendar. University and college students head to class, some for the first time, while others settle back in at jobs with six weeks until the […]

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness… (Matthew 5:10a) I have trouble figuring out the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-12). Jesus is telling us, through these famous words, that we are blessed when we are poor in spirit, when we grieve, when we are persecuted, etc. The problem is that I do not feel very […]

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” (John 20:16a) On the first Easter Sunday morning, Peter, John (the one that Jesus loved) and Mary Magdalene all knew that Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead, and that His tomb was empty, but they still did not understand that Jesus actually did rise from the […]

In Matthew chapters 10 and 11 are two passages that are both important and, I think, connect to each other, even though we don’t usually think of them in that way. The first of these two passages is part of a long address that Jesus gives to His disciples as He sends them out. As […]

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days. (John 11:5-6) This is one of those verses in the Bible which make me wonder, “What in the world was Jesus thinking?” He loved Lazarus, Martha and Mary, and because […]

God made us the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It says in Romans 3:21-25a: But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and […]