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Jeanne Kun The Root of Jesse

Jeanne Kun
The Root of Jesse

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
and for you I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5

 

Listen to the truth

Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893) Jesus Washing Peter's Feet oil on canvas, 1852-1856 Tate

Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893)
Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet
oil on canvas, 1852-1856
Tate

In every moment, the voice of our king reminds us to love, forgive, reconcile, and help the poor, sick, and elderly, the widows, children, and foreigners.

The voice of our king calls us to remember who we are: members of one human family, each unique, each with gifts to share, each beloved of God.

The voice of our king tells us how to serve as he served: with humility, compassion, nonviolence, and love without end.

[Jesus answered,] “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” John 18:37

A Word of Love

"Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near."

“Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.” Mark 13:28

Love is timeless, without end, forever. Love will not pass away.

Love is the solution to the violence, hatred, greed, and contempt for human life that continue to shock our world.

Love is forgiveness. Love is humility. Love is compassion. Love is admitting when I am wrong. Love is kindness. Love is respect. Love is letting go of resentment. Love is comforting the grieving. Love is helping those who are suffering. Love is putting aside my needs for the moment and listening to you in your moment of need.

The Word is Love.

[Jesus said to his disciples:] “Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.” Mark 13:31

What little I have

JESUS MAFA. The Widow’s Mite, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved November 8, 2015].

I have attention to give you. I have good listening. I have encouragement. I have a smile for you.

It’s all yours and you are welcome to it.

[Jesus said,] “She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had.” Mark 12:44b

Calling All Saints – and Prophets

Synaxis_of_all_saints_(icon)Gary might not have been a saint, but he was most assuredly a prophet. He vigorously and decisively pointed the way to more dignified and respectful treatment of those under a doctor’s care, those living in nursing homes, those with terminal illnesses.

I mourn the passing of his forthright energy from our world so in need of advocates for the vulnerable, but not the passing of his Spirit from a body that could no longer contain it.

[Jesus began to teach them, saying,] “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4