Monthly Archives: August 2016

Year of Mercy: Mercy and Value

The second parable of mercy is Luke 15:8-10, the searching woman.  Interpretations abound, but the one I want to focus on is that whereas the sheep wandered away, the coins were lost through no fault of their own. Who knows … Continue reading

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The Fall Lineup

As we move into the Fall, I want to let you know what’s coming your way on Oboedire. First, the weekly reflections related to Pope Francis’ “Year of Mercy” continue until Advent.  Even though it is labor intensive to write … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Parables of Mercy

In addition to the psalms, Pope Francis also references three parables in 15:1-32 and one in Matthew 18:22-35.  A supplementary resource (see below) expands a look at these parables of mercy by adding five more for study.  In the coming … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Remember Mercy

Pope Francis ends his document with Psalm 25:6.  It may seem a strange way to bring his writing to a close, given all he said about mercy and its being integral to God’s nature.  Why ask God to remember something … Continue reading

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Year Of Mercy: Mercy and Justice

Mercy without justice is cheap grace.  But justice without mercy is condemnation.  For there to be Gospel, mercy and justice must come together.  For Pope Francis, that union is described in Psalm 51: 11-16. Redemption must occur, otherwise we remain … Continue reading

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Loyal Disobedience

The various acts of non-conformity which have followed The United Methodist General Conference have been swiftly described as acts of disobedience, which are then promptly labeled as manifestations of disloyalty. Various groups and bodies have attempted to frame the issue … Continue reading

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Year Of Mercy: A Request Fulfilled

Pope Francis’ reference to Psalm 70:1 is in relation to God’s willingness to help us even before we ask for help.  In other words, mercy is God’s predisposition.  Our requests for help are never interruptions. Mercy is not something God … Continue reading

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