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March 12, 2017 – Second Sunday in Lent – Judgment and Pardon

March 12, 2017 –  Second Sunday in Lent Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 Tower in Siloam and need for repentance, fig tree that bears no fruit Judgment and Pardon These are not fun passages. Why does someone suffer like this? Are they “worse” than us? We’d like to believe that, but Jesus won’t let us. But this does sound like us, doesn’t us? Those people deserve what’s…

February 26, 2017 – Transfiguration – To the top, and down

February 26, 2017 – Transfiguration Luke 9:28-45 Transfiguration, healing a possessed boy To the top, and down They go to the top, and they see and hear impossible things. Voices from the clouds, long dead prophets, and blinding lights, bright white robes. And no matter how much they want to stay up there, they have to come down. And when they come down, they…

February 19, 2017 – Seventh Sunday After Epiphany – Dinner, Interrupted

February 19, 2017 – Seventh Sunday After Epiphany Luke 7:36-50 Woman weeps at Jesus’ feet and is forgiven Dinner, Interrupted This is one of those few times when Jesus goes to the halls of power. He’s invited to dinner with a Pharisee, and he goes. And while he’s there, dinner is interrupted. A woman, a sinner, (not that that is much of a distinguishing…

February 12, 2017 – Sixth Sunday After Epiphany – Go and Tell

February 12, 2017 – Sixth Sunday After Epiphany Luke 7:18-35 Tell John what you see and hear Go and Tell How are we to know who the Messiah is? We wonder that, and it appears that John wondered that as well. “Are you the one Or are we still to wait?” John knows the Messiah is coming, knows that he is sent to make a…

February 5, 2017 – Fifth Sunday After Epiphany – Power and Authority

February 5, 2017 – Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Luke 7:1-17 Raising the Widow’s Son Power and Authority How do we encounter Jesus? These passages show two very different encounters. In the first, the outsider (the centurion) actively seeks Jesus out on behalf of his slave/servant. You may hear echoes of the healing of Namaan in this passage. The centurion seeks Jesus out, asks for his…

January 29, 2017 – Fourth Sunday After Epiphany – Sabbath Stories

January 29, 2017 – Fourth Sunday After Epiphany Luke 6:1-16 Healing on the Sabbath Sabbath Stories This chapter begins talking about Sabbath and how Jesus interacts with Sabbath. Jesus allows the disciples to work to feed themselves on the Sabbath. They pick grain, and rub it between their fingers and consume it. And Jesus is questioned as to why he allows the disciples to violate…

January 22, 2017 – Third Sunday After Epiphany – Just Doing What We Do

January 22, 2017 – Third Sunday After Epiphany Luke 5:1-11 – Great Catch of Fish Just Doing What We Do This is a famous passage. In it Christ calls his first disciples. They are out in the boat, and apparently have been all night. Jesus sees them washing/mending their nets. Christ gets in a boat they push off, and from the boat Christ teaches…