The disciples are agonizingly slow to grasp the way of Jesus. Why should I assume that my experience will be any different?
Authentic discipleship is “remaining with Jesus.” Authentic discipleship is about being with Jesus wherever he is staying in this world
When it comes to bringing our needs to God, it really comes down to this: Are we a passive agent in our relationship with God, or like God are we a full participant?
Give up your need to be flawless. Give up your desire to be perfect. Give up using lent to shore up all your weaknesses. Just be human and utterly dependent on God.
Preachers find it hard to simply invite people into a relationship with God that is elusive and full of paradox. Therefore, we try to reduce everything—including God—to something that is fixed and manageable.
The antidote to living in fear of death is knowing that God is with us.
Being a sinner is part of what it means to be human. This awareness that we are sinners deepens our connection with other human beings.
A primary calling of the church in the United States is to work with other citizens of whatever faith, or no faith at all, to help fulfill the dream of an America that "gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."
Pope John Paul II affirmed that Christians and Muslims worship the same God when he wrote in 1985: “We Christians joyfully recognize the religious values we have in common with Islam. Today I would like to repeat what I said to young Muslims some years ago in Casablanca: ‘We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection.’”
What people are longing for is to be with other human beings who will accept them as they are