Unless We Become Like Children – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Deuteronomy 31: 1-8
Psalm 111
Matthew 18: 1-5, 10, 12-14

Jesus of Nazareth was a product of a peasant agrarian culture that flourished in the villages of Galilee two thousand years ago. Like all his friends and neighbors he was a member of an extended family. These families were headed by a patriarch or more rarely a matriarch and included many adults and children. Continue reading

The Canaanite Woman – Br. David Allen

[Mt. 15:21-28]

Today’s Gospel reading presents us with a big question.  Was Jesus deliberately trying to be exclusive in his ministry when he told his disciples that he was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel when the Canaanite woman called upon him for mercy and healing for her daughter? Or was there some other motive behind his initial silence and then these words?  Silence can be a powerful thing. Continue reading