Daily Bread

February 26, 2018

Dn 9:4b-10; Ps 79; Lk 6:36-38

The measure with which you measure will in turn be measured out to you.
What you give, God will give you? What you do to others, God will do to you? That sounds a little quid pro quo and not like the God that Jesus calls “Abba.” Or could it be that this “measure for measure” indicates something more basic, more intrinsic to the human makeup? Expending energy gives us more energy. Generosity makes us receptive to the many gifts of this life. Honesty makes us more trusting. Forgiving others helps us accept forgiveness and even forgive ourselves. Loving opens us to love. We’re made in God’s image to be like God — offering not grudging little trickles of mercy, but gushing waterfalls, testifying to the abundance, the bounty, of God.
Creator God, you who made us in your image and know us completely, give us the grace this day to reach farther, dig deeper, listen longer, and love without measure.

Paige Byrne Shortal

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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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