Daily Bread

January 25, 2018

Acts 22:3-16; Ps 117; Mk 16:15-18

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle 

Now, why delay?
Even when we know what’s in our best interest, procrastination, uncertainty or laziness can keep us from doing what’s truly good and right. It’s pretty easy to sit back and do nothing, but our baptism calls us to take action. Jesus asks us to embrace him and his forgiveness for our own benefit. Our disinterest or seeming lack of urgency delays our inviting the glory of God to be at work within us. With that said, our acceptance of the expectations that come with being Christ’s followers cannot be taken lightly. Baptism for the apostles was not just a ceremony. It demanded extraordinary prayer and preparation. They had to fully commit, and maybe that's the real question at hand. Do we tarry because we're unwilling to truly change?
Persistent Savior, gently push me to call on you when I resist your loving gifts of holiness and mercy.

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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