Glory to God Psalm 149
Never Give Up! Luke 18:1-8
Saying, “Thank you” is more than good manners. Counting our blessings is more than a self-help strategy. Gratitude is the power of the gospel at work to increase our faith so that we might take our place as the humble recipients of God’s mercy; so that we might recognize that it is God’s power, not our own, that saves us; so that we might stand alongside those who suffer as a sign of Christ’s own presence.
Jesus, Increase Our Faith Luke 17:5-10
Mind the Gap Luke 16:19-31
There might be a little bit of sarcasm in this story, but it is a serious parable, cause for deep reflection of our stewardship of the resources God has entrusted to our care, both as individuals and as a community of faith.
The next time you find yourself in the far country, unable to find the way back from where you have come, or your shame and embarrassment keeps you in a dark place, remember: Abba Father honors a broken spirit, and that is the miracle and mystery of the gospel. In Jesus Christ, God finds us and welcomes us home.
Jesus said, Pick up your cross and follow me. As current events and everyday problems swirl around us, we are called to accept the authority of Jesus, yield to his leadership and guidance, conform to his way of living, and imitate his life and his suffering, his death and resurrection.