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Pentecost 9B: The Surpassing Beauty of Us

The readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament       2 Kings 4:42–44 Psalm                    Psalm 145:10–18 New Testament      Ephesians 3:14–21 Gospel                   John 6:1–21 My focus in these reflections is on the prayer contained in the … Continue reading

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Pentecost 7B: Repentance is Healthier than Denial

The readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Amos 7:7–15 Psalm                    Psalm 85:8–13 New Testament     Ephesians 1:3–14 Gospel                   Mark 6:14–29 The Old Testament, Psalm, and Gospel Readings all tell us that repentance is … Continue reading

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Pentecost 4B: Lessons of the Storm

Option III Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament       Job 38:1–11 Psalm                    Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32 New Testament      2 Corinthians 6:1–13 Gospel                   Mark 4:35–41 The first reading holds a wakeup call for Christians and … Continue reading

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Pentecost 2B: The Alternative Family as Racism’s Cure

Readings for the Second Sunday After Pentecost or Proper 5 Old Testament      Genesis 3:8–15 Psalm                    Psalm 130 New Testament     2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 Gospel                   Mark 3:20–35 Let’s focus on the Gospel reading. Jesus goes home. He learns … Continue reading

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Trinity B: The Stormy Glory of Embracing Diversity

The readings for this Sunday are: Old Testament      Isaiah 6:1–8 Psalm                    Psalm 29 New Testament     Romans 8:12–17 Gospel                   John 3:1–17 We have heard about George Floyd’s death for a year now, and about the explosion of … Continue reading

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Pentecost B: Groaning Our Way through Covid

The New Testament Reading Option A for Pentecost B: Romans 8:22–27 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the … Continue reading

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Easter 7 B: Choices Have Consequences

The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B, are Many years ago I asked my friend the dentist which of my teeth I truly had to floss. “Only the ones you want to keep,” he said. Not long … Continue reading

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Easter 6B: The Happy Paradox of Voluntary Servitude

The Readings for this Sixth Sunday of Easter: First Reading         Acts 10:44–48 Psalm                    Psalm 98 New Testament     1 John 5:1–6 Gospel                   John 15:9–17 It’s sooo hard for us to understand and accept true freedom. It’s so … Continue reading

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Easter 4B: Good Shepherd Sunday and Earth Day

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is part of John chapter 10–Jesus discourse on himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18). Wendell Berry distinguishes between farmers who are married to the land and others who rape the land. I see … Continue reading

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Lent 3 B: Use Science, Don’t “Trust” It

The Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent: Old Testament       Exodus 20:1–17 Psalm                    Psalm 19 New Testament      1 Corinthians 1:18–25 Gospel                   John 2:13–22 Because our last President made such a mess of our nation’s pandemic response … Continue reading

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