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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 — […]

Seeking Saving

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Seeking Saving

The wise men represent the eternal human condition – looking at power for mercy rather to one another in redemptive grace. Looking for God in all the wrong places Epiphany  |  Matthew 2:1-12 Last night we took down our trees, our greens, clove oranges, and decorations. We celebrated with Christmas music and festive cheer one […]

The Incarnation Is

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The Incarnation Is

In Christmas, we are reminded of how God is in the world, how God is present through the Word. In the flesh and in the very fabric of the cosmos. Finding Christ is already present Christmas Day  |  John 1:1-14 The opening of John is a beautiful story of creation! As much as our Christmas […]

More than a birth story

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More than a birth story

Christmas isn’t merely about the birth of a baby. The baby is the revolution. And the very spirit of Christmas is a constant reminder that we are too. The baby is the revolution. Christmas Eve  |  Luke 2:1-20 When planet Krypton is exploding, Jor-El and Lara put their baby in a spaceship and send him […]

She Knows

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Our pastoral image of the nativity blinds us to Mary’s power. In the Magnificat, we receive the rebellious, punk anthem at the heart of the Incarnation.  The Magnificat reveals the rebellious power at the heart of Christmas Advent 4B  |  Luke 1:39-55 My favorite picture of the nativity is called “José y Maria,” by Everett […]

Bear fruit worthy of repentance

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Bear fruit worthy of repentance

When we talk about repentance, do we also rejoice? Why do we so struggle with being changed by God, turned and shaped, being loved? The focus is not on what needs to change, but to let yourself be changed Advent 3B  |  Luke 3:7-18 John is not holding back! Whew! I don’t want to be […]