Feeding 15,000.

“Let’s go away,” Jesus said. “To the other side of the lake.” It would give the disciples a chance to get back on the water after weeks of walking the hills. It would give all of them a chance to get out away from the crowds. It would give them a chance to breathe and […]

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Prelude to a feeding.

Jesus had a pretty clear training plan for his closest followers. We call them the twelve disciples. Peter, James, John, Andrew, two guys named Judas, Matthew, and the rest. Jesus picked them out of the big crowd of fans that had started following him and invited them to follow him. They started traveling with him […]

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What now?

My friend Rich Dixon‘s question today made me stop. +++ What now? The big project’s complete, the celebration’s done, the crowd’s gone. What’s next? Rest, of course. Recharge, reflect. But then – what? Actually, the answer’s simple. Do the next right thing. You’re thinking that’s not so easy, with so much to do and so many […]

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I hate stretching.

I actually enjoy stretching in the morning, of course, extending my arms as high as I can and yawning and shaking my shoulders and going back to my coffee.  I hate the stretching that my physical therapist told me I should do twice a day. There is no measure for stretching. Or better, no measure […]

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A prayer for the eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

God. We just read that you are gracious and merciful.We just read that you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. And that doesn’t fit, exactly, with what many of us think. We are used to hearing about getting things right or you’ll be mad.We are used to telling ourselves that we better […]

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