Daily Bread

February 19, 2018

Lv 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19; Mt 25:31-46

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
We focus a lot on the “Thou shall nots.” In the moral life, law and responsibility go hand-in-hand. It’s important to know the norms of proper behavior. We can better stay on the right path if we know the boundaries. So the Lord begins his instructions to Moses regarding how to speak to the children of Israel with a detailed listing of bad conduct. Moral teaching is full of precise examples of how not to act, but the Lord doesn’t neglect clearly addressing what we also should do. Simply avoiding evil isn’t enough. The Lord asks more of us than to grudgingly adhere to minimal obligations of decent behavior. We must act purposely, continually doing good. The attitudes that precede our actions are just as telling as the acts themselves.
Gentle Teacher, guide me to joyfully live your law of love.

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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