Scripture Reading for Today: John 13:21-33, 36-38 (read it here) Reflect The Jews did not sit at table; they reclined.  The table was a low solid block, with couches around it.  It was shaped like a U and the place of the host was in the center.  Each person reclinedContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 12:1-11 (read it here) Reflect It was during dinner that Mary’s heart overflowed with love.  She had a pound of very precious spikenard ointment, and with this expensive perfume she anointed Jesus’ feet. The use of unguents was very common among first-century Jews, especially onContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Matthew 26:14 – 27:66 (read it here) Reflect This week we sit by Jesus’ side as he shares his last meal with his friends.  We kneel with Jesus and pray on the Mount of Olives while his followers sleep. We go willingly with him as heContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 11:45-56 (read it here) Reflect The resurrection of Lazarus made Jesus popular, but the religious authorities argued that if he was allowed to continue unchecked, the people would follow him in ever larger numbers, and the Romans would become alarmed and descend powerfully, taking awayContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 10:31-42 (read it here) Reflect To the Jews, Jesus statement that he and the Father are one was blasphemy, for such a statement put a human being in the place that belonged to God alone. In Jewish law, the penalty for blasphemy was stoning.  So,Continue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 8:51-59 (read it here) Reflect Jesus claims that if anyone keeps his words, he will never know death.   This shocked his listeners who said that Abraham and the prophets were dead; and they, in their days, had kept the word of God. They askedContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 8:31-42 (read it here) Reflect Being a disciple of Jesus means we must meditate on his words and the truths they contain. We cannot hear or read his words once and say that we understand their full meaning.  Rather, we need to constantly study andContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 8:21-30 (read it here) Reflect The Gospel of John uses the word “world” in a way that is peculiar to it.  The “world” is the opposite of heaven.  It is the changing, transient life that we live; it is all that is human as opposedContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 8:1-11 (read it here) Reflect According to Jesus, only the person who is without fault has the right to express judgment on the faults of others: “Judge not that you be not judged.”  The person who judges his brother is like one with a plankContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: John 11:1-45 (read it here) Reflect When Jesus heard Lazarus was ill, He stayed where He was for the next two days to demonstrate that the death and cemeteries that we fear so much and that rob our joy do not have the last word andContinue Reading