In this Issue — Jan-Feb, 2017

Cover Art

issue cover Reyes Magos con Ofrenda (Magi with Gifts) - Rúben Rodriguez

Purple. The ancient Hebrews reserved this color for royalty. I imagine when the first people to encounter Matthew’s Gospel learned of the wise men* coming to visit the baby Messiah, in their minds they clothed the royal visitors in purple. In this work, artist Rúben Rodriguez breaks down royal purple into its elemental colors — red and blue. The painting also contains wisps of gold and shades of green. But it is the red and blue on each king that plays on our minds, even if we are not aware of it. The eye reacts to the colors differently, creating ...

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From the Editor

Pushing the Boundaries

Now [Jesus] had to go through Samaria. — John 4:4 (NIV) This verse begins the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, one of the most beloved and renowned passages in all of the Gospels. At first glance, the verse seems to be stating the obvious. Jesus was trying to get from Judea back home to Galilee. Of course Jesus “had” to go through Samaria; it was the most direct route. Yet we also know that Jews and Samaritans did not get along with one another, and as a rule, Jews went the long way around to avoid ...

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Prayer Workshop

Saying Yes to Possibility

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, chief priests and Pharisees — and even Jesus’ own disciples — confronted him with the question, “Is it lawful?” By this they meant, is it right? ethical? approved by God? sanctioned by society? Sometimes people asked this question to catch Jesus in the wrong. But I think that in asking this question, Jesus’ opponents and followers alike were choosing the easy way out. By asking this simple, yes-or-no question, they avoided the complexity and possibilities that come with change. In Mark 3:1-5, Jesus entered the synagogue and encountered a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees were ...

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