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February 16, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday After Epiphany – Inside Out

Mark 7:1-23 What defiles one comes from within           There’s a lot going on here, and we need to be careful not to make this about all the ways that the Jews are unfaithful. As so often happens, people in the crowd are looking to defame the followers of Christ, and therefore Christ. They want to know why the disciples don’t wash…

February 9, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany – Unprepared

Mark 6:1-29 Jesus rejected at Nazareth; sending of the Twelve; death of John the Baptist. Jesus is the only one who knows what’s going on in this passage. It’s a long chunk of text, and not quite chronological, but Jesus is the only one who seems to have a grip on what’s going on.                     In the synagogue on the Sabbath, in…

February 2, 2020 – The Fourth Sunday After Epiphany – Interrupted

Mark 5:21-43                                               Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the flow of blood.           Again Jesus crosses over to the other side. Getting out, a crowd is gathered waiting to see Jesus. A leader of the synagogue comes to see Jesus, with a daughter who is close to death. Jesus goes with Jairus.                     And on the way something happens. The…

January 12, 2020 – The First Sunday After Epiphany – Word Travels Fast

Mark 2:1-22   Jesus heals a paralytic and eats with tax collectors With the speed of the Gospel of Mark, the people learn that Jesus is home in Capernaum. And they gather, and gather. So many gather that they can’t all fit into the house, and some enterprising, compassionate, driven people climb up on the roof and make a way for their friend…

January 5, 2020 – The Second Sunday of Christmas – Just Getting Started

Mark 1:21-45          Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit, Peter’s mother-in-law, and a leper.            In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus gets right into things. Of course, in Mark’s Gospel everything happens immediately. There are not wasted words or wasted energy in Mark. In just 25 verses of today’s reading, Jesus confronts and casts out an unclean spirit, heals Simon’s mother-in-law, heals the…