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WITHOUT WORDS

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus’ uniqueness was that he taught experientially. Certainly his parables reflect the narrative tradition of the time, the telling of tales with moral messages, but his greatest teachings were more subtle. Jesus spoke a different language, situated more in the metaphysical than … Continue reading

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AS A CHILD

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

  Jesus had plenty of time for children. When his followers wanted to shoo them away he embraced and blessed them. Children are what Jesus invites us to become. He said, “Unless you change and become like children you will … Continue reading

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WHEAT AND WEEDS

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Jesus provides us with many descriptions of the kingdom of heaven.  The parable of a man who sowed good seed in his field and while asleep “an enemy” came and surreptitiously sowed weeds among the wheat, is a teaching about … Continue reading

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MASTER BUILDER

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

In Matthew’s gospel (7:22-28)  Jesus is adamant about what it takes to be his disciple.  It is not enough to recognize him and acclaim him with words because that does not do the work of creating the Kingdom of Heaven. … Continue reading

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THE SECOND MILE

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus’ radical stance and countercultural teachings seem to always point towards not only loving thy neighbour as thyself but also practicing generosity towards those motivated by maliciousness.  Retribution for wrongdoing was not a part of his way, nor, in fact … Continue reading

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LAMB OF GOD

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

As Jesus enters Jerusalem for Passover, hailed as a king, he is about to bring to light what kind of king he is.  A king whose kingdom is not of the world of materialism, wealth and presumed powers, is instead … Continue reading

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MOVING ON

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

After the Pharisees warned Jesus that Herod wanted to kill him, his response was that he was “to be on my way” (Luke 13:33) that day, the following day and the day after that. As an itinerate rabbi Jesus didn’t … Continue reading

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THE OTHER CHEEK

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

For every person who suffers hurt from others – not just physically, but verbally and emotionally – Jesus teaches a non-violent response. The way of non-violence is decidedly harder to practice than the more natural “eye for an eye, tooth … Continue reading

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THE PERTINENT TEMPTATIONS

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

After Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan, the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke report that he ventured out alone into the wilderness to fast for forty days.  Undoubtedly, this time was to be of great significance: a … Continue reading

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GOD AND CAESAR

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus had much to say about wealth and material possessions.  The main thrust of his message was that the allurement of money should never take precedence over God.   Addressing the Pharisees, who in Luke’s gospel were described as “lovers of … Continue reading

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