10/6 Readings: The Faith of Jesus Christ

The sentences about faith “the size of a mustard seed” having the power to uproot a mulberry tree show the power of faith to accomplish an extraordinary (though useless) movement of a tree from land to sea.

9/29 Readings: A Rule for the Rich

The rich have their temptations, but they also have opportunities for great gain in godliness. This takes discipline and humility and a determined generosity rooted in mercy. This is hard, but not impossible. 

9/8 Readings: Humanity Truly Humane

Do we not owe love to our mothers? What do we owe our fathers and brother and sisters? The secret and deep love owed to them is never quite achieved. Difficulties and tensions infect family life, even when love is naturally deep and strong.

8/25 Readings: Released on the Sabbath

Notwithstanding the legitimate need for a livelihood, the setting aside of “self-interest” for a time helps to strengthen families and communities, allowing a space for mutual engagement in common life and shared interests.

7/21 Readings: Behold and Listen

The energy spent flitting from one thing to another robs people of their time and attention and makes them incapable of discerning what does and does not matter.