Daily Bread

April 27, 2018

Acts 13:26-33; Ps 2; Jn 14:1-6

“I am the way and the truth and the life.”
Jesus promises his disciples a special place prepared for them in his Father’s house. As one community of the church, experiencing Christ’s presence in every gathering, we, too, already have a place prepared for us in the church. Salvation comes from Christ — he is the one path. He communicates grace, truth and salvation to us most fully through the church that he instituted. Our salvation is not merely personal; it hinges on relationship. God desires to save everyone through communion with him and each other. The church is central to the Father’s plan to unite and save us. By sending his son to proclaim and usher in the kingdom of God, the Father calls us to become his people. We enter into relationship with him and each other uniquely through Jesus’ sacrifice in the celebration of the Eucharist that confers grace and increases our unity as one people of God seeking the truth.
Loving Savior, help me respond to your call to follow you, to build relationships, and to go into the world boldly sharing your truth.

Patricia Russell

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About Daily Bread

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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