Author Archives: Heart of the Nation

Saint Peter pointed out that the Disciples had given up a lot, and Jesus said they would receive a hundred times more. The Lord then told a couple of parables. In one, temporary workers griped after putting in a long day because they received no more pay than those who only had the opportunity to work for an hour. Another tale described invited guests refusing to take the time to attend a wedding feast for the king’s son. Among people then invited off the streets, one didn’t bother to put on a wedding garment (a robe that a king would have

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Children depend on their parents to love, forgive, and provide for them. Jesus noticed the reluctance of adults to humbly acknowledge dependence on our heavenly Father. Even the faithful sometimes go astray, but the Lord never hesitates to bring a lost sheep back into the fold. The Pharisees used Mosaic law on marriage to challenge Jesus, who taught His followers not to separate what God has joined. We might want to draw the line on how much or how many times we will forgive. When Peter suggested seven times as a cutoff, Jesus said to go for se

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After multiplying five loaves and two fish to feed thousands of people, Jesus gave Himself some prayer time by dismissing the crowd and sending the Disciples ahead of Him by boat. Walking across a turbulent sea to catch up with them later, Jesus came to the rescue when Peter tried to join Him on the water but started to sink. A Canaanite woman had faith enough to put differences in beliefs aside and plead with Jesus to cure her daughter, and the Lord complied. Pharisees and scribes preferred sticking to the letter of the law and asked Jesus why

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In Jesus’ parable, an enemy sowed weeds in a wheat field. Good and bad mingle in the world. Jesus also used analogies to describe the Kingdom of heaven. Like a large fishing net, the Kingdom draws in people who will get sorted out. An exceptionally fine pearl or a field containing buried treasure has more value than everything given up to obtain it. In seeking eternal life, whatever we expend in doing something good is worth it! When Jesus visited, Martha wanted to serve Him. Mary let the Lord serve her as she listened to His words. When smal

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Scribes and Pharisees asked for a sign. Jesus pointed out that, right there in front of them, they already had more than Jonah warning the Ninevites or King Solomon answering the Queen of Sheba’s questions. Jesus told a crowd His parable about seed scattered on all kinds of ground, illustrating why only some people grow in faith. Another parable described wheat and weeds growing in the same field, like goodness and evil in the world. At the Risen Lord’s empty tomb, Mary Magdalene turned around, saw Jesus, but failed to recognize Him until H

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Townspeople sometimes refused to repent, even after seeing the miracles that Jesus worked, and He reproached them. The Lord also taught that kindness to his disciples—even something as small as offering a cup of cold water—gets rewarded. Blessedly, the heavenly Father reveals things to the childlike that escape people supposedly wise. For instance, disciples of Jesus got hungry and picked heads of grain to eat while on a walk. An innocent child would see that as snacking. Pharisees saw it as breaking the Sabbath. Jesus expected to cause div

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After suffering for twelve years from hemorrhages, a woman believed that wellness would come if she touched Jesus’ cloak. Imagine her fear when He turned around to face her and said to have courage. Following her miraculous cure, Jesus rewarded faith again by bringing an official’s daughter back to life. Giving the Twelve authority to preach and heal in His name, Jesus sent them forth with the instruction not to pack even money or a change of clothes. They would not always encounter welcome and receptiveness as they preached the Kingdom of

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