This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven;
so she has shown great love. The one who is forgiven little loves little.”
Someone near death is healed…a dead boy comes back to life—these two amazing miracles of Jesus are meant to occupy our thoughts and lives today. As I’ve often said before, imagine that you are there as all the eyes pop and people pound each other on the back with amazement.
Then we shift to John the Baptist having some very anxious moments in prison. What moments wouldn’t be so, especially if you were thrown in a dungeon for no reason, except that you are reminding a wicked king that he’s not doing right! So there in the middle of his cell, John earnestly asks those visiting him if Jesus is the one promised to come and save the people. They tell him, “He sure is!” Listen to the enthusiasm of his visitors and sense the joy shared with John that God wants to share with you.
And then there’s a sinful woman who comes and shows Jesus in public how much she loves him. There go those eyes wide open again! This time, it’s another kind of miracle: someone who is a sinner, says she’s sorry, because she found the greatest love in her life: Jesus.
You know something? Jesus is the greatest love in your life too! So spend four parts of your day with these four stories and let Jesus show you how much you’re loved because you’re a very important part of the Gospel stories.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
“Go in peace; your faith has saved.” v. 50
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the Sixth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…