Category Archives: John

Simply fed

Laura James
Fish for Breakfast, Book of Gospels
laurajamesart.com

Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” John 21:12a

He knows our hunger, our loneliness, our pain, our suffering. He seeks our company and makes us welcome. He is the Lord of hope and comfort, wisdom and mercy, forgiveness and love.

Peace be with you

He Qi, The Doubt of St. Thomas

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20:21

The Risen Lord brings us peace and sends us forth to bring peace to others.

Where do I need to bring peace today?

 

 

Surprised

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. John 20:1

You can’t keep the Lord closed up, locked up, buried, or hidden. Jesus goes where he wants, when he wants, to whom he wants. His presence proclaims and reminds us of God’s undying love for each of us. Be prepared to be surprised: the Lord walks among us.

 

Caught

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Jesus and the woman caught in adultery

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery. John 8:3a

I sometimes feel caught — by circumstances, others’ demands, chronic pain, or mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual distress. The sense of being trapped and in the control of unknown, antagonistic forces terrifies me.

In tiny moments of sanity, I remember to come before the Lord to ask for help and guidance. Gradually — and sometimes quickly — God’s mercy reveals the way to freedom.

 

Simply done

The Wedding at Cana

“Do whatever [Jesus] tells you.” John 2:5b

It’s so simple. Do what the Lord says to do. Love my neighbor as myself. Feed the hungry. Welcome the stranger. Visit the sick and imprisoned. Forgive those who hurt me. Do not be afraid.

Today I will remember Who is the One I follow.

Eternal words

Jesus and apostles. Fresco in Cappadocia
ca.XII c.

God loved us into being. God’s love pours into us and through us and out of us to touch others with tangible, visible, generous love.

Love of God, neighbor, and self: the words of eternal life.

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:67-68

Bread of Compassion

Man Holding Bread
By Kate Remmer studioktr (unsplash.com) [CC0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Today I will be mindful of serving the little bit of love and compassion I have to others.

One person’s offering can go a long way—for it is the Lord who multiplies it.

All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Ephesians 4:31-32

Real work

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (1806-1858)
People Gather Manna
via Wikimedia Commons

A job may earn me money, but my real work is learning to love—at home, in the workplace, in the community, those I know, those I have never met.

Today my work is to practice compassion, patience, forgiveness, generosity, gratitude, nonviolence, and reverence for all of God’s creation. My never-failing mentor is the Lord.

[Jesus said,] “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” ” John 6:27

In Love

God’s love has been planted in my heart. May I take time today to sit with Love in the quiet of my heart space. May I let Love prune and shape my life and will. May my own capacity to love grow, flourish, and bear great fruit.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 1 John 4:16b

Love one another

When Jesus says to love one another, it’s not a suggestion. It’s a command.

To be a faithful follower of Jesus, I must treat all people with respect, kindness, and compassion. We are kin. You and I and all of the human family are beloved children of God.

May I walk with reverence in the presence of my sisters and brothers. May my words and behaviors prove I am a disciple of the Lord.

[Jesus said to his disciples:] “This I command you: love one another.” John 15:17