Daily Bread

April 28, 2018

Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98; Jn 14:7-14

"Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?”
Jesus is keenly aware of how much time he has spent with Philip and the other apostles. What is not as obvious is the depth of relationship and understanding they have achieved. We often have social, superficial relationships with people without truly gaining an intimate perspective of their fears or desires. What Jesus really wants to know is if Philip and the others have paid attention. He tries to determine what the disciples will take away from their time together and how they feel about what lies ahead. Jesus needs to know if they truly understand his oneness with the Father. If so, then he can be assured that they have taken his earthly life and purpose to heart and are conscious of his part in the Father’s mission and their role in continuing it. We must ask ourselves if our relationship with Jesus goes beyond a casual acquaintance. How well do we know him? Through that association how well can the Father know us?
Jesus, my friend and companion, be patient as I seek to deepen my relationship with you.

Patricia Russell

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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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