Blessed… In Mourning

 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, New Revised Standard Version). When my father passed away late last year, I had a number of people telling me things about how I should grieve. “Don’t be sad, everyone loses a parent.” It is a true statement, at least the second partContinue reading “Blessed… In Mourning”

Blessed… The Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3, New Revised Standard Version). At least to me, this first of The Beatitudes is a bit confusing. “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Aren’t we supposed to gather the things of the Spirit? Aren’t we supposed to seek after theseContinue reading “Blessed… The Poor in Spirit”

Blessed…. Jesus Teaches

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them” (Matthew 5:1-2a, New International Version).  Today we reached the chapter that lended its name to this particular series, “Blessed…” when we start looking at The Beatitudes tomorrow we willContinue reading “Blessed…. Jesus Teaches”

Blessed… Large Crowds Followed

Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues. He announced the good news of the kingdom and healed every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread throughout Syria. People brought to him all those who had various kinds of diseases, those in pain, those possessed by demons, those with epilepsy, and thoseContinue reading “Blessed… Large Crowds Followed”

Unorthodox Prayer Ropes

The Unorthodox Prayer Rope Virtually every religion on earth has some kind of bead tradition. Christianity is no different. The Orthodox tradition of Christian faith has long been part of the Christian bead tradition. The prayer rope is part of that tradition. Some years ago I developed an interest in Orthodox prayer ropes. Because ofContinue reading “Unorthodox Prayer Ropes”

Blessed… But What About Zebedee

As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him. Continuing on, he saw another set ofContinue reading “Blessed… But What About Zebedee”

Blessed… Prophecy Fulfilled

Now when Jesus heard that John was arrested, he went to Galilee. He left Nazareth and settled in Capernaum, which lies alongside the sea in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali.  This fulfilled what Isaiah the prophet said: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, alongside the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who lived inContinue reading “Blessed… Prophecy Fulfilled”