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Easter 3C: Life, Not the Pandemic, Will Win

The Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter are: First Reading        Acts 9:1–6 (7–20) Psalm                    Psalm 30 New Testament      Revelation 5:11–14 Gospel                   John 21:1–19 I was 30 years old. My son was four. I was in … Continue reading

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Easter 2 C: Peace in Action: Forgiving and Not Forgiving

The readings for the Second Sunday of Easter are: First Reading         Acts 5:27–32 Psalm                    Psalm 118:14–29 or Psalm 150 New Testament     Revelation 1:4–8 Gospel                   John 20:19–31 The pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus was right when he … Continue reading

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Epiphany 5 C: The Sting of Ultimate Wokeness

The readings for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany are Old Testament       Isaiah 6:1–8 (9–13) Psalm                    Psalm 138 New Testament      1 Corinthians 15:1–11 Gospel                   Luke 5:1–11 Isaiah and Simon Peter are both stung by wokeness. Their … Continue reading

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Epiphany 4 C: Damnation is Not a Means of Grace

The readings for the Forth Sunday after the Epiphany are: Old Testament       Jeremiah 1:4–10 Psalm                    Psalm 71:1–6 New Testament      1 Corinthians 13:1–13 Gospel                   Luke 4:21–30 “Damnation is not a means of grace.” That was one of … Continue reading

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Epiphany 2 C: Neighbor Love is Costly

The readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany are Old Testament      Isaiah 62:1–5 Psalm                    Psalm 36:5–10 New Testament     1 Corinthians 12:1–11 Gospel                   John 2:1–11 It’s time we affirmed that loving the neighbor requires a price … Continue reading

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Pentecost 22 B: Daily Resurrection and the Plague

The readings for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament      Jeremiah 31:7–9 Psalm                    Psalm 126 New Testament     Hebrews 7:23–28 Gospel                   Mark 10:46–52 I resolve to recite to myself the last three verses of Psalm 126 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 20 B: Life or Death on the Oregon Trail

The readings for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament      Amos 5:6–7, 10–15 Psalm                    Psalm 90:12–17 New Testament     Hebrews 4:12–16 Gospel                   Mark 10:17–31 If you were to travel the Oregon Trail, as thousands of desperate … Continue reading

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Pentecost 18B: Friendship, Peace, and Social Distancing

The readings for this 18th Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament      Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29 Psalm                    Psalm 19:7–14 New Testament     James 5:13–20 Gospel                   Mark 9:38–50 Are not the biggest twin challenges of this time the social … Continue reading

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Pentecost 12B: Masks, Vaccines, and Neighbor-Love

The Readings for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Proverbs 9:1–6 Psalm                    Psalm 34:9–14 New Testament     Ephesians 5:15–20 Gospel                   John 6:51–58 Again, this week, I want to focus on the Ephesians lessons, which reads … Continue reading

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Pentecost 6B: Boasting and Praying on a Pandemic Fourth

The Second Reading for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost is 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 in which Paul demurs from boasting, says he could boast in his visions, but concludes that Christ’s refusal to remove his “thorn of the flesh” taught him … Continue reading

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