The superabundant righteousness that Jesus commends places reconciliation even above religious observance.
It is pathetic and laughable to observe a strict fast, only to quarrel and fight and strike with the fist.
We die with Jesus and are affixed to him. Deathless life in him becomes our own life.
Jesus is “the great light,” the blazing radiance of the Father that illumines even “the region and shadow of death” (Matt. 4:16).
Woven into God’s salvific calling is the mystery of human anguish.
He that knew no sin became sin on our behalf.
What Jesus is in the life of God he remains even as his glory is hidden by his humanity.
The law is a gift, instruction for God’s people, treasured guidance for daily life.
Our peace and hope and faith, grounded in this holy child, is stronger than death itself.
Human agency must say, “Let it be to me according to your word,” but even this is a gift of prevenient grace.