Hands Reaching Out


When I was young, there weren’t any digital clocks—only ones with a face, numbers and hands. One of my favorite old clocks is in my study. It was on my Dad’s dresser for as long as I can remember. It’s a familiar face that changes with the hours and minutes, yet always remains the same, because of the background of the face, the numbers on it, and the clock itself. The clock fell once over the years;  hence the base was damaged.

The faces of these clocks have a center point from where the hands reach out to tell time. I think of this when I read this part of St. Luke’s Gospel. Up to this point in the Gospel Jesus alone heals others. Now this power passes into the hands and hearts of the Apostles. These twelve close friends of Jesus go out from Jesus as the center to touch others, just as the hands of a clock touch the twelve hours of the day from the center of the clock.

You and I are part of a great company of those called to spread the power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Who is going to be touched today by your hands and the smile on your face?

Luke 9:1-17

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
“You give them something to eat.” v. 13
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Ninth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

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…