The Scriptures quote Jesus as saying that if you have the faith of a mustard seed, you should be able to tell a mountain to throw itself into the sea — and it would happen.
This passage has haunted me for the better part of my life. Really? I don't even have the faith of a tiny little mustard seed?
When the Pharisees came to Jesus, they thought they had Him trapped (Mark, chapter 12). Their plan was this: Ask him whether or not one should pay taxes, and there was, so it seemed, no way to answer without incriminating himself.
First, should he say not to pay taxes, he would be labeled and incriminated a rebel against the Roman occupation.
Or, should He say to pay taxes to Caesar, he would be viewed as a traitor against his own people.
I have always struggled with arrogance.
And yet, at the same time, I realize that the most direct route to God is through humility and selflessness.
Forgiveness is not an issue of merit. But it is one of freedom. If you want liberty in your life, forgive. Forgive others and reconcile. Forgive yourself and walk free from the past. Understand that you’ve been forgiven.
On either end of my block stand two church buildings, two small but elegant cathedrals. They have stood here for a long time, but now remain unvisited and empty.
Seeing a prime location and lovely architecture, a developer purchased them. He reworked the interiors and transformed cavernous, vacant sanctuaries into a lucrative investment. These once historic churches now provide sanctuary for the few people who call these luxury condos home.
Today it makes sense. I don’t know why it makes sense today, but it does. Here’s the thing: I always suspected that when someone got too close to me, he or she would be repelled, and I would suffer rejection. This has become a self-fulfilling prophecy . . . when my friends get a little too close, they’ll experience the one of my many imperfections that drives them crazy.