Stewardship Corner

August 2020

Aug 10

Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison of Herod Antipas, the Jewish ruler of Galilee. Jesus tries to find some solitude, some quiet. He gets into a boat and flees to a deserted place. But the crowds will not be denied, and despite his...
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Aug 10

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as “an understanding mind.” Heart vs mind and understanding vs listening. Apparently this phrase is not easy to translate! “Heart” seems to carry the notion of compassion better...
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