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Before they walk in

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Before they walk in

In Luke 19, we get a disturbing image that casts Jesus in a whole new light. That is if we haven’t been listening up until now. a love that transcends revolution Palm Sunday | Luke 19 When the gospel reading begins as this one does: “After telling a parable to the crowd at Jericho, Jesus went […]

Being There

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Being There

This morning’s lectionary is full of conflict and confusion, but Paul and Jesus are both compelling us to see that we’re the ones creating it. Turning from our destructive view of God Lent 3C | Exodus 3:1-15, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Photo by Johannes Rapprich from Pexels When we get together for our Bible Study each Wednesday, […]

Facing Foxes

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Facing Foxes

The problem is us, not logic. Jesus invites us into a new world of mercy based in nonviolent relationships and we’d rather kill it. Jesus and our own human journey to Jerusalem Lent 2C | Luke 13:31-35 I love Ash Wednesday. It comes like a shot of adrenaline to me. I’m zapped awake to my […]

Hunger

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hunger

In Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, we get a picture of resistance bigger than willpower and faith. A resistance to becoming powerful at all. Resisting temptation and power with Jesus Lent 1C | Luke 4:1-13 It was a traditional practice in ancient Israel to go out into the desert for a fast, as a cleanse […]

A Love Superpower

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A Love Superpower

The Transfiguration is the showstopper. But what happens when Jesus comes down the mountain reminds us what Jesus is really doing. the Transfiguration, trust, and transferred power Last Sunday after Epiphany C | Luke 9:28-43a This is the quintessential mountaintop experience. The kind of moment that totally changes the way these three people see the […]

The Deep Water

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The Deep Water

Jesus calls these specific people. He doesn’t pick the most talented budding theologians. He picks the people who could scale the actual work. Photo by Matt Hardy from Pexels Jesus calls us to trust precisely because it is us Epiphany 5C | Luke 5:1-11 This story. Who doesn’t know it for that great line? “Do not be afraid; from now on […]

Rejected

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we keep trying to throw Jesus off a cliff – and he just walks away Epiphany 4C | Luke 4:21-30 I think every person in that synagogue would take Paul’s message this morning over Jesus’s. Pretty obvious, as they just tried to kill him. Then again, I think there are many Christians who prefer Paul […]

Today

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today

When Jesus comes home, he isn’t treated like a hero. But really, why would they? He challenges them. We just take a different path to reject the plan. With Jesus, it is not about when it happened but when it happens Epiphany 3C  |  Luke 4:14-21 I just want to make sure we’re all on the […]

Exuberant Generosity

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Exuberant Generosity

The miracle at the wedding at Cana isn’t the most important part of the story. It’s what Jesus shows us about God’s dream for the world. Making enough into enough Epiphany 2C | John 2:1-11 When I first served at a table alone as a priest, it was the kind of weekday mass we do […]

Baptizing Jesus

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Baptizing Jesus

When John baptizes Jesus, we’re witnessing the scandal of God’s true mission: that humans would participate at all in blessing the world. the scandal of blessing all of creation  Epiphany 1C  |  Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 So Jesus grew up. I know it’s only been a week since the wise men came and gave him presents — […]