Monday, February 08, 2010

super bowl!

Wow, what a game! I went in rooting for the Colts, but quickly discovered I was much more interested in seeing the underdog Saints pull it out. That's the most exciting Super Bowl I've seen in years, and I am genuinely happy for the Saints! (sorry Andy H., and all the other Colt fans, for my blatant betrayal)

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Matthew Henry on Matthew 15

“But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’  And he answered, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’  She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.’  Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith!  Be it done for you as you desire.’”  Matthew 15:25-28

“Many of the methods of Christ’s providence, and especially of his grace, in dealing with his people, which are dark and perplexing, may be explained with the key of this story, which is for that end left upon record, to teach us that there may be love in Christ’s heart while there are frowns in his face, and to encourage us, therefore, though he slay us, yet to trust in him.”

Matthew Henry, Commentary, ad loc., italics added.

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Nouwen on "being merciful with ourselves"

from, I believe, "The Way of the Heart"

We need silence in our lives. We even desire it. But when we enter into silence we encounter a lot of inner noises, often so disturbing that a busy and distracting life seems preferable to a time of silence. Two disturbing "noises" present themselves quickly in our silence: the noise of lust and the noise of anger. Lust reveals our many unsatisfied needs, anger or many unresolved relationships. But lust and anger are very hard to face.  What are we to do? Jesus says, "Go and learn the meaning of the words: Mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice" (Matthew 9:13). Sacrifice here means "offering up," "cutting out," "burning away," or "killing." We shouldn't do that with our lust and anger. It simply won't work. But we can be merciful toward our own noisy selves and turn these enemies into friends. -Henri Nouwen

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