Jesus challenges us today to look beyond our borders and our walls, to see beyond any of the myriad self-imposed lines that we draw: religion, denomination, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status – even the line of faith. God invites us to expand our family today in ways that are just as shocking as it was to Mark’s first-century audience.
We must be careful not to fall for the temptations of power, wealth, and lust that were a constant temptation to Israel and have always tempted humanity. For those who would name themselves Christian – that is, followers of Jesus the Christ – the challenge is to shift the allegiance away from the kingdoms and ideologies of this world unto the kingdom of God. We are invited to hold on to our hope in Christ – for justice, peace, and life – remaining strong against the repercussions that will come, staying faithful and refusing those “values” that don’t produce and demonstrate love. After all, to quote the Most Rev’d. Michael Curry, “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.”
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FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
I imagine that we all have moments when we need someone to point to Jesus, to say with no ambiguity, “Here is Jesus! Right here, right now, is the saving work of God! Right where you are standing, as close as breath, is Emmanuel, God with us, hope bearing Messiah.” … More The Hope Bearing Messiah
17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 22, Year C)
Even in our lament, or maybe through our lament, we are invited to find hope. We are invited to remember the goodness of God, the love of Jesus, and the defeat of death in resurrection. We are also invited to be hope in a world a world that is lamenting its own loss, suffering, and pain. … More Hope in Lamentation
9th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 14, Year C)
Today’s passage from the Letter to the Hebrews is indeed a paean of praise to our ancestors in the faith, the “great cloud of witnesses” of which the biblical heroes and the Saints of the Church are a part. But so also, down through the centuries there have been men and women of faith who have added to their number. Have there not been in our own lives, in our own congregations, those whose examples of faith have been used by God to encourage us, to strengthen our own faith? … More The Assurance of Things Hoped For
1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year C)
We cannot give into fear!! No matter what, we cannot let fear narrate the story of our faith. That is our essential and necessary work this Advent. As we prepare ourselves for Christmas and as we make ready for the second coming, our work the Advent must be about pushing back against the darkness and the fear. We must push back against the fear of loving totally, of giving everything, of living fully in the light. … More Push back against the darkness!
LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (Year A)
Instead, the message is this: if you love God, if your values are God-values instead of the world’s values, if Christ actually is King, then you will love as God loves, give as God gives, forgive as God forgives. If your values are God-values, you can’t help but live as Christ taught. … More Jesus at the End of the Story