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Pentecost 10B: Maintain the Gift of Unity

The readings for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament       Exodus 16:2–4, 9–15 Psalm                    Psalm 78:23–29 New Testament      Ephesians 4:1–16 Gospel                   John 6:24–35 I will focus here on the Ephesians reading, and especially the first … Continue reading

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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 8B: Tucker Carlson, Vaccines, and the Gathering God

The readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Jeremiah 23:1–6 Psalm                    Psalm 23 New Testament     Ephesians 2:11–22 Gospel                   Mark 6:30–34, 53–56 Well, the latest, is that Tucker Carlson has told his loyal followers … 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 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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Pentecost 5b “Giving under Pandemic Pressure”

Readings for this Fifth Sunday After Pentecost are: Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Wisdom of Solomon 1:13–15, 2:23–24 or Lamentations 3:22–33 Psalm                    Psalm 30 New Testament     2 Corinthians 8:7–15 Gospel                   Mark 5:21–43 These … 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 3B: Growth Beyond Our Understanding

The Readings for the Third Sunday of Pentecost are: Old Testament      Ezekiel 17:22–24 Psalm                    Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15 New Testament     2 Corinthians 5:6–10 (11–13) 14–17 Gospel                   Mark 4:26–34 Many years ago I was feeling very sorry for … 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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Fresh Blessings of Spring

In the darkest days of the siege of Jerusalem–surrounded by the miseries of starvation and spiritual despair, the author of Lamentations wrote that the Lord’s mercies never end, but they are new every morning. If this witness could see fresh … Continue reading

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