Daily Bread

February 21, 2018

Jon 3:1-10; PS 51; Lk 11:29-32

...and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.
Images of an angry God can be found in the Hebrew Scriptures. This is somewhat deceptive. God doesn't want to punish us. He has the right and option, but not the desire. Images of his blazing wrath are mercifully, frequently countered with his loving forgiveness. If we sincerely seek the Lord's compassion, he withdraws his warning and cleanses us of our offenses. Even when we think we are seemingly beyond what we feel is the reach of redemption, the Lord reaches further with another opportunity to return to him. When the people of Nineveh were mired in sin, God sent Jonah to warn them so they would not perish. They turned from their evil ways, and God lovingly forgave them. Lent comes as a messenger like Jonah, calling us to repentance.
Gracious and merciful Father, I come to you with a humble and contrite heart.

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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