Daily Bread

February 27, 2018

Is 1:10, 16-20; Ps 50; Mt 23:1-12

Do what they tell you, but do not follow their example.
Jesus has one message for those who do not practice what they preach and it’s harsh. (Hint: It starts out with, “Woe to you!”) He has very little patience with hypocrites. But today’s message is for those who would ignore a good teaching because the teacher doesn’t follow it. It is natural to imitate what we see, what we know. It’s also natural to let ourselves off the hook. But Jesus says, “I don’t think so.” Today’s lesson can be distilled to this: Another person’s bad behavior is not an excuse for yours. And this is true even if that other person is your parent or pastor or president.
Loving and nurturing God, grant me the grace to be the kind of person I wish others would be; to do for others what I wish others would do for me.

Paige Byrne Shortal

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Homiletic starters and scriptural reflection points for each day of the month

The Lectionary provides a kind of spiritual script for the universal church that keeps us, literally, all on the same page as we journey through the liturgical seasons. These short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings, are intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world.

About the authors

Jeanne Lischer lives near Kansas City, Missouri, where she is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.  She serves two churches in Missouri. She shares her home with daughter, Sally, two cats, and a dog. Originally from St. Louis, she has also lived in Ghana, West Africa.

Mary Joshi lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, and is our first Canadian Daily Bread baker. Raised Catholic and married to a Hindu with whom she has two daughters, Mary has been challenged to examine, clarify and articulate her faith, which has informed her primary work as the RCIA coordinator for her three-parish unit and reflection writer for the parish bulletin. Her education includes degrees in history, English and deaf education.

Miguel Dulick lives in a mountain village in Honduras, Central America. Originally from St. Louis, he holds degrees from St. Louis University and Weston School of Theology, Boston.

Paige Byrne Shortal, longtime contributor to Celebration, serves as coordinator for the Daily Bread writers. She is recently retired after forty years in pastoral ministry — twenty years at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church on the campus of Saint Louis University and twenty years at St. Francis Borgia in Washington, Missouri.

Patricia Russell graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with degrees in English and secondary education. She teaches high school theology, English and creative writing in Washington, Missouri. 

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