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THE LOST COIN

THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus told the following parable:  “What woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for … Continue reading

THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE

The Brazilian Bible scholar Carlos Mesters began his book, Por Tras das Palavras (Petropolis, Vozes, 1984), with the following parable:  At one time there was a great house called “The People’s House” with a beautiful, large door which opened onto the street.  Many people passed through that door.  Then, one day, two scholars arrived.  They loved ancient things, and when they saw the … Continue reading

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD

Maria and Antonio were sharecroppers.  They lived in a small adobe shack which had dirt floors and a zinc roof.  Both worked from daybreak to late afternoon to make a living.  Their worldly goods were meager.  Nonetheless they had something that gave them great happiness and pride–a six-month-old beautiful baby girl.  One Sunday morning they brought her … Continue reading

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