Epiphany

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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 […]

Listen

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Listen

In the Transfiguration, we get the big spectacle event, so consuming with visual, power, and misunderstanding, we might fail to hear the voice in the middle of it all saying “listen to him.” Are we listening to Jesus any better than the disciples? Epiphany Last B | Mark 9:2-9 The story doesn’t begin at the […]

Immediately

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Immediately

Mark’s gospel uses the word “immediately” a lot. But what if it isn’t literal or a figure of speech? What if the evangelist is getting us to see beyond our reality–to where the kin-dom already is? How the immediacy of Jesus reveals the presence of the kin-dom Epiphany 4B | Mark 1:21-28. Time travel. It’s […]

Nobodies

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Nobodies

In calling his first disciples to fish for people, Jesus knows they can’t do that from where they are. But he has already chosen them for who they are. Jesus calls these particular nobodies to give up everything Epiphany 3B | Mark 1:14-20 Most stories have great opening lines. “If you are interested in stories […]

Baptized in Love

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Baptized in Love

The Baptism of Jesus is often treated like the necessary means of getting Jesus into the right space with the cosmos: that if he doesn’t get dunked, he’s stuck. Or else we treat it like the perfunctory reason behind our religious rite. But baptism is way more than that. It’s the start of something awesome. […]