Follow me!

Follow me!

Jesus extends his famous invitation to Philip, “Follow me.” “Come, Philip. Share the rest of your journey with me.” And Philip accepts the invitation but notice: What is the very first thing that Philip does? Right away, with no interlude, Philip goes to share the...
On the other side of Christmas…”Now what?”

On the other side of Christmas…”Now what?”

In the movie Finding Nemo, there is a scene that takes place at the very end, even after the credits begin to roll. The story has come to its culmination. You know the story: Marlin, a father clownfish, makes a harrowing journey to rescue his son, Nemo, who had been...

What do you bring to the manger tonight?

The Tale of the Donkey and the Ox Once upon a time as Joseph and Mary made their way to Bethlehem an angel called a meeting with all the animals of the earth to choose which of them would attend the birth and be allowed in the cave with the newborn child. All of the...

It’s later than it’s ever been before!

There was a small boy playing at the foot of the stairs in his home. There, against the wall at the base of the stairs, towered a great old grandfather clock that had been in the family for generations. Like such clocks, it would chime on the quarter-hour and the...

Keep Awake!

“Keep awake!” Have you ever been forced to stay awake? …maybe even all night long? New parents know the joys of having a new baby around the house. The sweetness and joy that new babies bring cannot be matched; but, neither can the up-in-the-middle-of-the-night...

Render unto God

“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s.” These words of Jesus have become a sort of proverb, and those who know little of scripture may still have heard “Render unto Caesar.” Yet, digging beneath the surface of this short encounter helps uncover some of the...

The Fruitbearing Vineyard

What Jesus says in today’s Gospel parable has both a very important historical meaning as well as a crucial actual meaning. For us to understand its present significance, though, we first need to grasp the historical context of Jesus teaching. Readers in late...