Weylin Lee reflects on an encounter that Jesus has with a foreign woman and how that brings awareness to what limits and facilitates mercy [Matthew 15:10-28]. Reflection: In what ways can we withhold evaluation and judgment in order to practice mercy more freely? What might be some of our cultural blindspots that hinder our ability to practice mercy? Resources: Book: […]
Gena Minnix speaks about fulfillment and how Jesus invites us to meet our needs creatively [Matthew 14:13-21]. Reflection: What “self-talk” messages do I tell myself about my needs? Do I have a need that never seems fulfilled? How might I name that need to God and my community? Resources: Video: The Prestige Book: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg Video: Sharing […]
Jason Minnix reflects on why it’s so complex to give to others and how we might give in free and compassionate ways [Matthew 6:1-4]. Reflection: Is my giving motivated by compassion or by guilt, shame and/or fear? How can I receive compassion today from others, myself, and God when I don’t have much to give? Resources: MWG: Homily Discussion Guide
Jason Minnix reflects on how Jesus listens to our lives with empathy and how we receive insights about ourselves through others [Mark 10:17-22]. Reflection: How can I bring my giving out of places of guilt, shame and fear into the light of compassion? What does compassion look like for the feelings and needs of someone I’ve been struggling with? Resources: […]
Sarah Bingaman talks about how identifying emotions and needs can reveal our hearts [Matthew 5:1-4]. Reflection What am I feeling or needing right now? How can I practice emotionally responding to my own feelings and the feelings of others this week?
Gideon Tsang reflects on the burdens we’re carrying and how are we invited to live in a lighter way [Matthew 11:28-29]. Reflection: What does it look like to receive God’s gentleness this week? How can your inherent worthiness free you from the burden of needing to be greater than you already are? Resources: Book: The Way to Love by Anthony […]
Weylin Lee talks about the paradoxical freedom that God invites us to experience [Romans 6:12-18]. Reflection: What areas of our lives might need to experience death or for us to let go of? How might we practice discernment through a lens of grace? Who or what are we imitating? Resources: Podcast: This American Life: Alain de Botton Podcast: Fresh Air: […]