Challenging Thoughts for the Gospel read on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019

If we Christians would join the Wise Men,

we must close our eyes to all that glitters before the world

and look rather on the despised and foolish things,

help the poor,

comfort the despised,

and aid the neighbor in his need.

Martin Luther

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The Magi should be a great comfort to us.

They brought all that they had to the Lord,

not just their expensive presents,

but their very lives.

Fleming Rutledge

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Wesley was wise when he said, “If your heart is as my heart, give me your hand.”

He didn’t say, “If your head is as my head give me your hand.”

When there is heart agreement in loyalty to Christ,

we can put up with a lot of lesser disagreements.

These lesser disagreements must be expected and provided for —

and overlooked.

E. Stanley Jones, In Christ

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I was born to a woman I never knew,

and raised by another who took in orphans.

I do not know my background, my lineage,

my biological or cultural heritage.

But when I meet someone new,

I treat them with respect.

For after all, they could be my people.

James Michener, the famous author, who was an orphan

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By blood and origin, I am all Albanian.

My citizenship is Indian.

I am a Catholic nun.

As to my calling, I belong to the whole world.

As to my heart, I belong entirely to Jesus.

Mother Teresa

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