Matthew 26:10

“Why are you bothering this woman?” Yeah. Why are you bothering this woman? “This woman” happens to be the one who intirruptes Jesus’ gathering to pour holy oil on his head. Of course, others were dismayed at the extravagance and, seeming, wastefulness of the gift. Sister Simone Campbell calls it “grumbling.” The gift of expensive…

Matthew 23:17

“Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?” These writers often make me shake my head. I keep thinking they are going to discuss what I’ve been taught about these scriptures and, instead, they go off in a completely different direction that leaves me scratching my head. Today is no…

Matthew 19:17

“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Okay, look. I don’t know what the deal is, but this is two days in a row of readings that I can hardly discuss. The ideas are just so foreign to me. Like today’s. From the message today, this is what I got – the number…

Matthew 18:12

“If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Can you guess how Michael W. Smith answers this question? Bing. Bing. Bing. Service. Oh boy.  He asks for one act of extravagant…

Matthew 16:26

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Oh boy. Now this can be a troublesome scripture because we tend to think of it in just way – baptism. That’s not where Jonathan L. Walton takes his message about this verse though. Can you guess where? Oh,…

Matthew 15:3

“Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” I honestly don’t know what to say about this particular scripture. I can’t wrap my head around it. Lauren Winner tackled this one from a “mindfulness” angle. She says, Eating, walking, having sex, sleeping; there are always two ways of doing…

Matthew 12:48, 14:31

“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” and “Why did you doubt?” I was sick yesterday. I hate that. It was so bad that it turned into a pajama day on the couch and no blogging. That bad. So, I skipped yesterday – the first verse up there. Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s explanation was…

Matthew 12:11

“If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?” Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe takes this question right to our service toward those around us who are in need. I have an admittedly different perspective on service. After being…

Matthew 11:7

“What did you go out into the wilderness to see?” Obviously, this is about much more than going camping in the forest. This is about the difficulties and challenges we encounter – our personal wilderness. I would say, right now, with my faith questions, I am in the wilderness. My own personal place to seek…

Matthew 9:28

“Do you believe I am able to do this?” Jesus asks this two blind men who desire to be healed. James Martin, SJ, suggests that we are uncomfortable with the miracles shown in the New Testament and that we downplay them. I’m not sure about that, but I believe they happened to prove a point…

Matthew 8:26

So, I guess now would be a good time to come clean. This quote strikes right at my heart. I have been having a faith transition over the past three months. I have four wonderful children and two are LGBTQ. I adore and am proud of them all. Our two LGBTQ children came out nearly…

Matthew 7:3

“Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own?” So much to think about in this little question. Adam Hamilton actually turns this question from a personal, introspective one into a call for churches to be willing to let go of the judgements of people…