Tag Archives: Jesus

Proper 21b 2015: It is time again for joy

“It is time again for joy.” We recently passed the tenth anniversary of a devastating storm named Katrina. Some of us know well is destructive path. We remember better a storm named Hurricane Sandy; we are approaching the third anniversary … Continue reading

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Proper 20b 2015: False starts and failures and Jesus

Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 James 3:13-4.3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 We still want to be first, to be the first and the best. We want our football, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams to win. We want our children to be in … Continue reading

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Proper 18b 2015: Jesus, I beg you

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-10, 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 The rich and the poor have this in common. The Lord is the maker of them all. Today we are listeners to a once in a lifetime (as we … Continue reading

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Proper 15b 2015: Abiding

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 It is no wonder that early Christians were accused of cannibalism. The words are at least a little hard to hear and say even now. Yet, we are a faith … Continue reading

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Proper 13b 2015: Asking Jesus a question

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Psalm 51:1-12 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 “Jesus doesn’t know how to answer a question” Jesus doesn’t know how to answer a question. When the crowd says to Jesus “When did you get here?” Jesus replies: “Very truly, … Continue reading

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Proper 11b 2015: Two by two

2 Samuel 7:1-14a Psalm 89:20-37 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 “The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.” With those words we close the “Markan sandwich” that began with the disciples being sent … Continue reading

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Proper 10b 2015: Telling the truth

2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19 Psalm 24 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 “Telling the truth” What a deplorable story: John the Baptist’s head is served on a platter at Herod’s banquet, the finale of a promise fulfilled. It is difficult to find hope … Continue reading

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