Blessed Are Those Who Depend on God

A beautiful painting my sister Therese gave me hangs on my wall, one of Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount to a crowd of people of humble origin. Besides the soft colors, light-blue wooden frame, and depiction of Our Lord, what strikes me about the painting is the closeness of Jesus to His attentive listeners.

John Boldly Goes Where No Prophet Has Gone Before

It was not until seminary studies that I learned that the word “scapegoat,” so often used colloquially for a person who is unfairly assigned blame for the transgressions of others.