January 26, 2018
2 Tm 1:1-8; Ps 96; Mk 4:26-34
Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops
With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
A good rule for any public speaker is to know the audience. Jesus adapted his language for the needs of those assembled. He used simple everyday images, gently and cautiously leading them. The familiar language was interesting without being threatening. If Jesus simply exposed their flaws and need to change, they may have walked away. He couldn’t speak directly because the people weren't ready for the challenging reality of his message. Those able to seek a deeper meaning under the seemingly plain illustrations slowly came in their own time to realize how the parables called them to accept Jesus and to acknowledge him as the Messiah.
Thank you, gentle Jesus, for taking the time to reveal your divine truth to me in a way I can intimately know you.
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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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