Category Archives: Faith

Pentecost 16 C: The Group Mind of the Church

Instead of my normal practice of reflecting on one or more readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, this week, and since we will be welcoming new members to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, I have chosen to … Continue reading

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Pentecost 3 C: Free to Love

The readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14 Psalm                    Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      1 Kings 19:15–16, … Continue reading

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Breakfast Guest

Breakfast at Heatherhope is a reward for completion of morning chores, prayer-of-thanks time for the long chain of harvest to truck to mill to truck again to middleman to grocery to cereal bowl…and a time for coffee brain and deep … Continue reading

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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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