Prayer and Politics

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all . . .”   — 1 Timothy 2: 1-6

There’s a rule, isn’t there, that you should never discuss either religion or politics in polite society?  And here we Continue Reading →

Forgive — But How?

“Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say: Father . . . forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.”  — Luke 11:2-4

I believe in the forgiveness of sins. For me, it’s not just an article of the Creed to recite, it’s Continue Reading →

Preferring Our Demons

As Jesus stepped out on land, [in the country of the Garasenes], a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. . . . Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss. Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; . . . Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.  Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.  Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear.  The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.  — Luke 8:27, 30-32a, 33, 35, 37a, 38-39

On first reading, this story just doesn’t make sense. Jesus has landed on the shore of the Sea of Galilee Continue Reading →