Meditations

Easter 6 (C) May 26, 2019

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Easter 6 (C) May 26, 2019

[RCL] Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9 Acts 16:9-15 Throughout the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and his crew are directed where to go in many different ways. Just before this passage, the apostles are “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia” and “the Spirit of Jesus” does not “allow them” to go into Bithynia (Acts 16:6-7). But in this passage, Paul receives positive direction in two different ways: through a vision of a man and an invitation of a woman. In their mission work, the early followers of Jesus must remain just as open to...

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Easter 5 (C) May 19, 2019

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Easter 5 (C) May 19, 2019

[RCL] Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35 Acts 11:1-18 The Acts of the Apostles depicts Jesus’ early followers as observant Jews and the beginnings of the church as rooted within Judaism, yet is concerned with the expansion of the church from those origins to a movement spread throughout the Roman Empire.In the first part of today’s passage, verses 1-3, Peter’s fellow apostles and the Jewish believers in Jesus (the circumcised believers) confront Peter as he returns to Jerusalem from baptizing the Roman centurion Cornelius in Caesarea. They demand an explanation for why...

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Easter 4 (C) – May 12, 2019

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Easter 4 (C) – May 12, 2019

Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 Acts 9:36-43 One of the true joys of the Easter season is dwelling in the Book of Acts and seeing the immediate effects of the Resurrection upon the community of Jesus’ followers. We hear of people, at least men, who are filled with the Holy Spirit, and how they evangelize, prophesy, and build a community centered around the Holy Spirit. In this community, poverty is confronted with the sharing of wealth, hunger with the sharing of food, and death with resurrection. Those who are marginalized, like widows and orphans, are tended to by...

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Easter 3 (C) – May 5, 2019

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Easter 3 (C) – May 5, 2019

[RCL] Acts 9:1-6, (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of Christ-followers, performs his job so thoroughly that Acts describes him as “still breathing threats and murder” (v. 1). Rounding up believers on the Way, binding them up, andsending them to Jerusalem was as innate to him as inhaling and exhaling. We might even presume that Saul took great pride in how effective he was at his occupation. But Jesus has a knack for using the most unlikely characters to do God’s work and to show what true turning-around looks like. In this...

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Palm Sunday – Year C

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Palm Sunday – Year C

ISAIAH 50: 4-9The prophet receives his assignment from God every morning, which he dutifully teaches to God’s people. Question: What have God’s prophets taught you? Are you willing to trust them?PHILIPPIANS 2: 5-11 Paul calls us to a life of humility in the service of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Question: Have you committed yourself to a life of humble service to Jesus and His Kingdom? How do you serve Him?LUKE 23:1-49The hour has come and Jesus faces what he was born to experience. Question: Where are you in this crowd of people? What will you do  to change the outcome of this...

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5th Sunday in Lent Year C

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5th Sunday in Lent Year C

Isaiah 43:16-21″Trust in God brings the past alive, gives the present meaning, and the future hope.” Question: Do we really want our faith to be so mundane as to be entirely predictable? Or do we want our God to do surprising things, things that we couldn’t even begin to imagine, things that ‘no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived’ (1 Cor. 2:9)?”Philippians 3:4b-14Without throwing away his own religion Paul, nevertheless, throws away a theology which had made him important and given him great status. In its place he embraces Christ...

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