Lacking One Thing

Proper 23B Jesus said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” St. Anthony of Thebes, brought up in a wealthy Christian family, but orphaned at age 18, heard these words...

For Such a Time As This

Proper 21B I’ve been reflecting this week on a story of drunken men, an inept and foolish leader, and the women who stand up to them. I’m talking about today’s Old Testament reading, the story of Esther. (What did you think I was talking about?) Several years ago our...

Who’s the Greatest?

Proper 20B Sometimes I think the most amazing thing about Jesus is the patience he has with his disciples. Today’s Gospel reading is a good example. Jesus is trying to teach his friends, trying to tell them something important. He knows that his time on earth is...

Days of Awe

Proper 19B Last Sunday our Jewish friends heard the sound of the Shofar, the blowing of a ram’s horn, to signal the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. When we think of a New Year’s celebration we probably think of parties, football games, brunches,...

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Proper 18B Today’s gospel reading is one of my favorite scripture stories. In it Jesus is taught a lesson about what it means to be the Messiah. And his teacher is a lowly woman. You may remember from last week’s gospel reading that Jesus has just had yet another run...

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