Jesus the (Good) Thief 21 July 17

22 Jul

Friday, July 21, 2017

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Paul E. Hoffman: In the name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.

Benjamin L. Corey: What is ghosting? You might not know the term, but you probably know the action: ghosting is when someone abruptly ends a friendship with limited or no explanation, and when they proceed to quickly disappear from your life.

Anna Blake: My Horse Betrayed Me.

Brat: The Church said I was called, but didn’t know what to call me. Then it felt like she slapped a scarlet letter on me and tossed me out into the wilderness like the escaped goat in Leviticus 16.

Leviticus 16: 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.

Benjamin L. Corey: The destruction from the practice of Christian Ghosting, quite honestly, is often irreparable.

For those of us who have tried to live out the Christian life while being open to allowing new information to shape and stretch what we believe, the reality is that at one time or another, we have friends who will ghost us.

Anna Blake: In that instant, your horse goes from being your soulmate to guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Slightly less paranoid riders would call his behavior a psychotic break. He became unpredictable. Uncontrollable. Is the term betrayal overly dramatic? He broke your trust.

Benjamin L. Corey: Somehow, someway, too many Christian circles have failed to realize that we don’t have to be in complete agreement to be in a complete relationship.

And so, when theological agreement is not in harmony, there’s always at least one family who feels like some evil magician made their life disappear without notice or even a preemptive “abracadabra” to give us a bit of warning that life is about to change.

Dr. Sandie Freed: Breaking the Demonic Threefold Cord of Jezebel, Athaliah, and Delilah

Anna Blake: The biggest reason to listen to your horse is because you have the awareness equivalency of a blind, deaf, hairless mouse. Horses are prey animals forever; their senses are so much more acute than a human’s that we literally have no idea what’s going on, even if we’re paying attention. Let that sink in.

Benjamin L. Corey: While we can’t control the actions of others, I do think we can do two things:

We can refuse to be the ones who do the ghosting.

And when it happens, we can practice praying, “Forgive them Father, for they don’t have the slightest ‘effing clue as to the damage they’ve done.”

Brat: Lord Jesus, the Church has been the one to do this ghosting to me. Father forgive them. Make a way to heal the breach where there is no way. Thank You for Your merciful intervention. Amen.

Psalm 38: 13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Psalm 38 is difficult to read, as it is almost entirely an expression of pain written by an individual suffering physically and spiritually. While his bones have no peace and his sins are too much to bear, his friends stand afar, unable or unwilling to help, and his enemies seek to hurt him. His response? I am deaf and mute: I pretend not to hear their taunts nor do I respond to their calls and “deceits” (verse 13). Instead, he calls out only to the Lord for salvation and deliverance. In the 13th century, Rabbi Menachem Meiri wrote that this psalm refers to the Jews in exile. He commented profoundly: “The psalm refers to our long exile in which our enemies are many and our nemeses ridicule us and sit in their serenity. We are hated and have no recourse but we pray that our salvation and redemption will come soon. Amen.” Eight centuries later, the redemption has begun and the Jewish people are no longer mute.

Psalm 38: All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.

Lana Vawser: Foreboding Definition: a feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension.

Synonymns: anxiety, fearfulness, disquiet, uneasy. (Google)

Anna Blake: Next week I’ll talk about fear in Part Two: Now I’m afraid.

Lana Vawser: Many have been wrestling with a sense of foreboding concerning the future and change that is coming. This foreboding is NOT from God, it is the enemy trying to stop you from receiving the joy God wants to give you in the revelation of His new plans upon you.

Sheri Rose Shepherd: Fear Only God

MorningStar Ministries: A Letter From Camp

Anna Blake: Then his discomfort got confused with disobedience. Horses just have one way of communicating and it’s with their body. If a generally well-behaved horse nips or tosses his head, don’t think you can “correct” his anxiety with escalation. When we get resistance from a horse, pause and breathe. Then resolve the anxiety while it is small and manageable. Let your horse see you as worthy of his trust.

Simon Brown: THE PARABLES OF JESUS The Shepherd the Thief and The Doorkeeper

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “While the reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw

Anna Blake: Lucky for you there are some rail-birds ready to dispense training advice. Put a chain over his nose. Run him in the round pen until he gives in. Get a whip and show him who’s boss.

Donna Schaper: Most people can’t stand criticism, much less persecution.  Are the beatitudes a hoax, false news, fake news or alternative facts?

Brat: And the G-20 Summit leaders cannot even sit down at their banquet table without the media sharks creating a feeding frenzy about the Trumps and President Putin collaborating on perceived deceptions!?[1] The press fed the five thousand with loaves and fishes by stirring up gossip. The leaders simply showed up, just as they were supposed to do, just as the disciples did. They are moving forward with their God-given gifts of leadership. If the media goes around looking for things to criticize and then reports back hurt paws for getting their knuckles cracked with the truth, then all we can do is ride the pony to the next rest stop and pray along the way that God will intervene with mercy.

Monk: Oh, but there’s a chain over their noses.

Israel 365: Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am Hashem. ~Leviticus 19:16 (The Israel Bible™)

Anna Blake: Whoa! Slow down. Can we rewind? Tell the lynch mob that you’ve got this. Because if the only response is hindsight punishment, riders are doomed. Here’s a radical thought: How about listening to him in the first place?

Rabbi Avi Baumol: The sages ask why the second Temple was destroyed if there were plenty of people studying the Torah, following God’s commandments and performing acts of kindness for others. They answer that people spoke ill of each other because of baseless hatred. This teaches that such hatred and foul-mouthed behavior is worse than idolatry, sexual infidelity and murder which are the reasons given for the destruction of the first Temple. They then ask, was there no slander or baseless hatred among the people in the first Temple period? Yes there was, but those who lived during the first Temple were open with their hatred, thus their punishment was shorter. During the second Temple, the people hid their feelings, secretly slandering and speaking hate, thus their exile lasted much longer.

Brat: Oh, you mean the ‘scaped goat that was released into the wilderness again? Okay, I think I get it a little better now.

Anna Blake: On top of that, science says that a horse’s response time is seven times quicker than ours; the fastest response time of any common domestic animal. When things come apart, it happens fast. It makes sense because flight – the instinct to sprint away from perceived danger – is the species’ primary defensive behavior.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: What can we do to bring the redemption? The second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred, a drastic lack of unity between Jews. Now, we must rectify this behavior by creating true unity between Jews. This must begin with each and every one of us identifying ourselves as an integral part of the Jewish people. May there be no “unaffiliated” among us. If you do not already, join a Jewish community or do something to identify yourself as a Jew. Do something nice for another Jewish person – a nice word, some charity, a kindly or favorable thought. DO SOMETHING! Through every Jewish person making an effort, we will shift the balance of the entire world for good, and G‑d will have no choice but to bring the final and true redemption now.

Revelation 3:Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Donna Schaper: Proportion established, there are real people who are meek and hungry and thirsty for justice, real people who are being persecuted, on this block and in Syria, real people who are merciful and try to make peace despite the extraordinary forces against them.  I call them the beautiful people, and today I’ve seen them jump- starting a blessing.  You know what jump-starting is right?  You connect to an external source of power to get yourself going after you have sputtered because you had no power.  Blessings are jump-starters.  They are promises for a tomorrow better than today.

Paul E. Hoffman: Jesus the Thief [2]

Anna Blake: When I ask riders for the long version of what happened, the story unfolds differently. Maybe he was hard to catch that day, or impatient and a bit barn sour at the gate, or maybe especially girthy during saddling. She got complacent. Small details were ignored for expediency. Some of us are so busy in our own heads that we don’t even notice the small details. The rest of us were taught to plow on ahead no matter what because we can’t let the horse “win.”

Brat: And when the Church is feeling pinched and desperate, then she cries in bravado: “Cheer up! WE KNOW HOW THE STORY ENDS!”

Revelation 16: 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The innkeeper was stupefied to hear this statement. He asked the stranger to explain why he wandered about in such a disheveled state. And this is the story he was told.

Anna Blake: I italicized instinct for a reason; it’s the important part. Is it fair to ask for obedience above instinct? The short answer is yes, our safety depends on it, but it’s complicated.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Torah teaches that a Jewish person’s essential nature is to oppose sin, so as not to become separated from G-dliness; any sin is really committed by accident. Just as the accidental sinner exiled himself to a City of Refuge, so too, the Jewish people were exiled because of accidental sins.

Paul E. Hoffman: And if you’re not yet quite convinced, consider this afternoon’s Gospel reading from Mathew 25 that comes to its terrible and confusing conclusion with a robbery. So take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten talents. I’m not a particular fan of the direct allegorical interpretation that this “man going on a journey” is supposed to directly correlate with Jesus and that we are the slaves with varying degrees of wisdom around investment strategy. But at the end of the day, you can’t deny that there’s a robbery and we’re the ones left reeling, as one so often is when the robbery is over. For to all those who have more will be given, and they will have an abundance, but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. Hands in the air! This is a stick up. Here we are in the outer darkness of such an event, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Anna Blake: A rider with a greater understanding of her horse’s instincts and needs might feed a flake of hay while tacking up and then actively lead her horse to the arena by keeping a good forward rhythm in her feet. He has food in his stomach and she gets to ride within her time constraints. Best of all, there is no fight before the ride even starts. You can tell its good leadership because everyone “wins.”

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Exile is a state of temporary penitence.

Ana Werner: All too often, when I am facing something hard in life, I just think about getting through it. It’s about the product right, not the process? Wrong. Process isn’t a word a lot of us like, nor is “refinement.” God loves me just as I am in my broken state, but He sees the potential. The process doesn’t scare Him, otherwise He would have long ago turned away from mankind.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We are part of a process – individually and nationally. Our personal difficulties are connected to the “narrow places” of our national exile. By investing the required effort, step by step, we are being liberated from our personal Egypt – our unhelpful habits and negative inclinations.  By travelling this journey we will eventually reach not only a personal redemption but also the final redemption for our people.

James Goll: Knowings started coming to me that this experience contained a multi-dimensional realm of understanding that would require prayer and time to properly process and steward. There is always at least a three-stage process in handling revelation or words from the Lord in a prophetic vein. These are often referred to as: 1) Revelation, 2) Interpretation and 3) Application. Since it is always important to start the process of interpreting revelation with prayer and with the Word of God, I began to search the scriptures. Sources of Authority. In his Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1594) Richard Hooker emphasizes the relationship between Scripture, Reason, and Tradition.

Paul E. Hoffman: But fortunate for us, we are baptized into the God whose giving knows no ending. But before Christ can give, Christ first must take away. Like I said, Jesus the Thief. So while this may appear to be a Eucharist, first it will be a robbery. Jesus has come to steal away from us all that has the potential to separate us from him and from one another. All that darkness: pride, envy, jealousy, greed. Our laziness and our overwork. In a word, Jesus the Thief has come to rob us of our sin.

Anna Blake: Most of all, no one betrays anyone. The best reason for a rider to study and understand horse behavior is that learning their logic can keep us from a runaway of our own – an emotional runaway.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: And, just as the Torah guarantees that the exiled person will be judged and released, so too, the Almighty will vindicate us and redeem us from this exile with the final and true redemption. This is especially so after so many heartbreaking and difficult years of exile, all of the promises of redemption, and the multitude of positive deeds and repentance performed by the Jewish people during this exile.

Anna Blake: Granted, it’s a little easier to be logical in a discussion over grazing rights than it is in the middle of a dangerous bucking incident, but we have to start small.

Paul E. Hoffman: That just about sums up our sorry state. You can name the outer darkness, and the inner ones, too: addiction, even the subtle kind like addiction to work, over-functioning. Or the other side of darkness – laziness, always looking for the easy way. It can be dark where its lonely, or dark where there are too many people and too many ideas. The Jews got this one right in their compact proverb: Where there is too much, something is missing.   We Lutherans like to call our darkness by its birth name, “sin,” but it’s a word that seems to ring pretty hollow with Post-moderns, so sometimes you just have to spell it out. Name it. Money. Sex. Power.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We must rectify this behavior by creating true unity between Jews….

Anna Blake: And it doesn’t hurt to acknowledge that, when you look at it this way, horses and humans aren’t that temperamentally well-suited to each other. So it goes; I don’t see either species giving up on each other.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: How to Act in Exile

Ana Werner: “I love you and I am here, but you must know it even when you can’t feel Me. I am not a distant God. I will take care of you, but you must do your part. Praise Me. Press through the pain and worship, and watch what I’ll do through this. I am for you, not against you. The pressing is a refinement of your character. You will see what’s in your heart during this season, and you will see how much you truly need Me. Come, let’s do this together.”

Anna Blake: All of this is to say that when your horse appears to overreact to his surroundings, he isn’t wrong. And adding our over-reaction on top won’t make things better.

Israel 365: The Torah is replete with examples of the sanctity of human life. Judaism emphasizes that all steps must be taken to save a human life. Hashem commands us to act when another human being is in distress and requires assistance. When we see a friend or neighbor struggling, it is forbidden to stand idly by.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “I live in the city of Pest, near which I own several villages, fields and vineyards. Once a large sum of money was stolen from me, and I did not know who the thief was. We had a maid—an orphan—and since we suspected that this was her doing, we took her along to the local authorities. The police there beat her in order to induce her to confess, but she insisted she had stolen nothing, so they sent her home to us. But the harsh treatment that she had endured left its mark. For some days she languished in bed, and then died.

Brat: You live in the city of Pest? I’m a Pew Pest orphaned by the Church! Fancy that! Our stories are so similar!

Paul E. Hoffman: But one of the names by which we rarely refer to him is as Jesus the Thief.

Anna Blake: At the same time, it’s our nature to think we know everything and that our plan is the only thing that matters. It’s a good reminder, even if your horses live on your property with you, that you are only a small part of their experience. They have fully dimensional lives, with emotional ups and downs, that have nothing do to with you at all.

Sylvia Neusch: Who would have thought that a rag tag band of men marching around a city seven times, shouting and blowing trumpets and rams horns, could bring down the walls of the city of Jericho? But, it makes total sense in God’s economy. In Isaiah 55:9, God tells us that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We must realize that our access to His thoughts and ways will come to the degree we yield to the call of the secret place.

Brat: All along (for ten years now) I’ve been asking for a safe place in which to pray and anchor.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Two weeks later the thief was found. I was stricken by terror. I had suspected an innocent person, and through my doing, this orphan had met her death!

Sylvia Neusch: “The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. The King will pass through before them, the LORD at their head.” – Micah 2:13

Paul E. Hoffman: The Good Shepherd. The Door. Even the Gate of the Sheep. The Dayspring, the Morningstar, the Light of the World. We call Jesus the Lamb of God, the Son of Man, the Savior. In our hymns and in our hearts we hold him as the Vine, the Tree of Life, the Seed that falls into the earth and dies. And with good reason. All these ways of thinking about Jesus come from the Bible – many of them are references that he himself introduces or initiates.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: How can our lives be so embedded in Christ that everything we do, say and think is shaped by the life of Christ within us?

Anna Blake: The words we choose matter, not because they give horses a bad name, but because they damage how we think of horses in our own hearts.

Paul E. Hoffman: That is the call of the baptized people of the Good Shepherd, the Door, the gate of the Sheep. That is the work to which we are called as children of the Dayspring, the Morningstar, the Light of the World. This is the life of a disciple of Jesus the Lamb of God, the Son of Man, the Savior. Jesus the Thief has gathered us in. The new light is streaming. Now is the darkness stolen away. Forever.

Rabbi Chaim (ben Moshe) ibn Attar: Zohar teaches that the purpose of the Israelites’ trek through the desert was to enable the Israelites to seek out isolated sparks of sanctity and to release them from captivity. This required total sanctity, i.e. a combination of the complete sanctity of Israel, the Divine Presence and the holy Torah.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Just our forefathers’ experienced challenges and frustrations, so will we. As their journeys were a process of movement and progress, so it is for each of us. Each journey shares one purpose. Leaving exile and progressing towards the fulfillment of our dreams, with the complete redemption.

James W. Goll: “One God Encounter Changes Everything!”

Donna Schaper: Or are they too good to be true, too wonderful to be real, too pie in the sky to be boots on the ground?   What if your son was murdered or your mother deported?  Are you still blessed, even with a big problem?

Anna Blake: If you want an unthinking partner with limited intelligence, dirt bikes are a good option.  Otherwise, spend more time understanding and less time wishing horses were different. It takes more than a lifetime to understand horses. You don’t have any time to lose.

Sylvia Neusch: There is a great call to step out in bold faith right now. Faith is God’s “love language”, and faith will move the mountains and pesky giants that are illegally on our land right now. Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness (Rom. 4:3), meaning His faith brought him into “right standing” and alignment with God and the promises of God for His life.

Anna Blake: Yes, you could say that I’m making excuses for horses and, not as sympathetic as I should be toward humans who have been hurt and frightened. I just want to suggest that we be a bit more careful about the words we use to describe horse behaviors. We must learn to accept and support each other’s instincts for self-preservation because that’s how both species will flourish.

James Goll: Father, in Jesus name, we call forth the Roar of the Lion of Judah in our lives, families, cities, in church history and society once again. We desire prophetic intercessory encounters in each of our lives. We welcome the sounds of heaven into the earth realm today. We declare that as we release the High Praises of God it will be a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare used to silence the works and power of the evil one in Jesus name. Amen and Amen!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The “journeying” Jews focus on the constant changes in history: the fluctuating trends, the cultural developments, the novel inventions, and the newly discovered wisdom. These Jews are sensitive to the winds of progression, to the alterations in the human climate, and to the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. They aspire to define Judaism – or a philosophy of life — that would be relevant to the contemporary conversation of humanity in its journey toward its own self-defined “promised land.”

Horse (in “Run, Pony, Run!” 14 July 17): I keep running. I’ve run through fjords and rivers, through creeks and brooks, through mud and bogs, through hell and high waters.

The Promised Land remains in the promises.

[Pant. Pant.]

Hooves pounding the earth.

The blood is dripping worse. But the pain has subsided.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet, in their zeal to embrace the future, they often abandon the past. In their passion to remain relevant today, they forfeit the power of yesteryear. In their yearning to capture the individual “your,” they neglect the depth of the “yore.” In their ambition to grow tall, they detach from the roots that have given them their original sap.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: The Community of St Anselm, based at Lambeth Palace, is an opportunity to explore how a life of prayer and spiritual formation can increase our impact as followers of Christ in every sector of society.

Sylvia Neusch: Our faith in God will bring us into alignment with God’s promises as well. Our faith positions us to receive the fulfillment of the promises He has spoken.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: Members spend time praying, studying and serving alongside fellow community members from many different cultures and many different expressions of Christian faith.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong,” Charles Wadsworth once said. The youth, fresh in spirit, creative in ideas, often seeks to chart a new path, to take the road never traveled by. There is something monotonous about traveling in the footsteps of your ancestors, and there is something intoxicating about developing a path you can call your own.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: Apply now to join in 2017/18: #YearInGodsTime

Brat: [Sigh.] After all these years of trying to reach you, I still cannot make you understand that I want to dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and not just one year.


Brat: Namasté, my friend!

Spirit Fuel: The House You’ve Been Praying For!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: As we know today, their good intentions were met with profound disappointment. On one hand, enlightenment in Europe and socialism in Russia turned against the Jews, and on the other hand, the descendants of the Jews who embraced them have been lost to our people. In their passion to journey ahead, to revolutionize the past, they failed to realize the power of eternity imbedded in their tradition and faith.

James Goll: This Fall 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Great Reformation in Church history. The phrase, “Let Lion Roar” was a statement made by significant church leaders from that period of time.  When the Lion of Judah roared from heaven 500 years ago, it came at a time of great disillusionment and was used to bring forth great hope and new life.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Then there are the “departure” Jews – those who are always looking back to the past, to their point of departure. Their primary focus is on the unchangeable truths of history. Life, in their vision, is not linear, but cyclical. Tradition, ritual, custom, law, faith do not change just because Voltaire gave us Enlightenment, Nietzsche taught us about will, Tocqueville explained to us democracy, Freud uncovered the subconscious, and Barak Obama called for change. “What was good for my great-great grandfather is good for me,” these Jews rooted in tradition exclaim.

Paul E. Hoffman: But there it is. Right there in 1 Thessalonians – the oldest book of the New Testament: chapter 5, verse 2. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. No doubt some will call “foul” on a technicality. It doesn’t really say Jesus is a thief – it says the day of the Lord is like a thief. But you can’t very well have a day of the Lord without a Lord, now, can you? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it: Jesus the thief.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet in their attempt to hold on to the sacred past, they often stifle the ability to utilize and actualize the new energy of today, to discern the voice of G-d not only in the ancient, but also in the present, not only in the world that was, but also in the world that is. In their hope to continue the chain of history by adding their identically matching link, they fail to create space for freshness, for creativity, for authentic self expression. In their genuine zeal to protect the “piano” of Judaism, they scoff at any new composition, failing to realize that the very same piano keys allow for infinite compositions. The word of G-d, articulated in the Torah, can and must serve as a blueprint for the challenges of today, not only for the dialogue of the past.

Brat: Amen!

Paul E. Hoffman: That is the gift that is given to waiting, open hands, hands emptied of all the darkness of which he has robbed us. And into the light we are invited, to the land of the costly cross, yes. But also grave’s shattered door; the land of light where talents are entrusted to us for home and kindred, and to spread the gospel word.

James Goll: Through the exchange of the cross, God gives us garments of praise for the garments of heaviness. He exchanges the dark, the gloomy, and the negative for that which is beautiful, glorious, and uplifting. Praise is a mantle, a type of clothing we put on. We cast off heaviness by entering into the sacrifice of praise. You will look differently, act differently and talk differently when you put on the garment of praise!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: So “Moses wrote their departures according to their journeys … and these were their journeys according to their departures.” The majesty and magic of Jewish history, the Bible is intimating to us, is based on the synthesis between “departures” and “journeys.” The departures – the points of reference that have always defined Judaism – ought to serve as catalysts for the journeys of the future, invigorating growth and inspiring expansiveness. Conversely, the journeys toward new horizons ought to be “according to their departures,” founded and inspired on the timeless values of our faith and our Torah.

Israel 365: The Ultimate Kindness ✡ “Neither Shalt Thou Stand Against The Blood Of Thy Neighbor; I Am Hashem”

Paul E. Hoffman: And in its place, as we gather here with colleagues and friends, leaders and mentors, Jesus holds out an open hand filled with gifts. Way more than talents. A breastplate of hope and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. Jesus is robbing us of all that is dark and reminding us through his living presence in Word and Meal and the gift of one another that the days of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth have been taken away forever. St. Paul proclaims it: We are children of light and children of the day.





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