The Compassion of Jesus

When my kids’ dad died, they received cards and visits and gifts from several adults who had also lost their father when they were children or teenagers. Having experienced the trauma of losing a parent so early in life created a special sort of empathy in these people’s hearts.  That’s how it often is.  WhenContinue reading “The Compassion of Jesus”

Good News

Christmas is the Incarnation of God’s upside-down kingdom. Mary understood that.  “. . . he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” (Luke 1:Continue reading “Good News”

Fruit Inspection

My entire life I’ve heard the scripture advising us to judge a tree by its fruit, to beware of false teachers and judge them by the fruit they bear. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. .Continue reading “Fruit Inspection”