The servant of God in the Bible comes to know that life calls for surrender; therein lies the path to glory.
Begging from a friend even at the most inopportune moment and under the most trying of circumstances is exactly when God’s mercy suddenly appears.
Our faith stands on the conviction that the cross and resurrection of Jesus has struck the definitive blow against Satan and has inaugurated the ultimate defeat of evil. But that defeat is not yet complete
Saul made mistakes and had to deal with their consequences for himself and his family.
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” imagines a baffled King David composing the psalms: “Probe me, God, know my heart”
And so for us too. When the sorrow is so great that we have no words to pray, the psalms help us cry out our pain and hold on to hope.
Boaz is more than a stock character, and more than a benevolent relative. He is clearly presented in the story as one like God, filled with compassion for the poor.
The book of Genesis essentially recounts tales of the earliest human families as migrants, strangers, and refugees, moving about the earth seeking a land to settle and a home in which to dwell.
It is likely that the passion narrative was the very first part of the early church’s remembrance of Jesus to be put into literary form.
May this year’s Lenten desert experience transform us into that kingdom Jesus came to create.