Daily Bread

February 23, 2018

Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130; Mt 5:20-26

Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
It's a sad that some people take pleasure in seeing others fail—especially those whom they deem deserving some form of divine retribution. Humans can be petty and mean-spirited, refusing to let go of past offenses, delighting in others receiving their comeuppance. However, our God, who has the right to judge our wrongdoing, prefers rejoicing in our returning to him. In fact, we are assured that when we turn away from sin and practice virTuesday our wrongdoing is forgotten. That unsettles the grudge-holders. God's law, however, is a law of love. A lack of charity toward others struggling with sin, frustrates the nature of love. We must allow others, and ourselves, to reforge bonds, not smugly triumph at their struggle.
Merciful Lord, may we genuinely seek and eagerly celebrate every sincere desire to return to 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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