Be attentive to this lamp for a lifetime

Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year A Exodus 24:12-18,2 Peter 1:16-21,Matthew 17:1-9 Jesus asks the disciples,“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” From Matthew 16, “And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’[Maybe Moses?] He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’” This question and answer comes just a few verses before today’s reading. Peter is extolled for giving this right answer. Then Jesus tells the disciples of his impending death and resurrection. In this exchange, Peter rebukes Jesus and Jesus calls Peter Satan. Being the Messiah and

Turn the other cheek and give your underwear as well.

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany, Year A Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18,1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 Imagine being ten years old and on a playground. An older kid, for no apparent reason, pushes you down and you break your collarbone. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth says the law, and I now have not only the right but the duty to have this other boy’s collarbone broken. From Exodus 21, when people fight, “if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”(1) Retributive justice laws such as these were an effective way to prevent violence and crime. If you do som

Does this doughnut lead to death or life?

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 “Moses said ‘See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.’” If you obey the Lord your God, then you shall live. Moses, speaking about the commandments and other laws, says that they are the way to life with God. He holds them up as if they are a simple choice set in front of us. As if we are looking in the window of a pastry counter. Will you choose the plain, raised, glazed doughnut or the chocolate cake doughnut with sprinkles? Will you choose life or will you choose death? Only if living our life was that simple. If only the choices were always so cl

Being salt among alternative facts.

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, Matthew 5:13-20 There are movements to reduce our dependence on chemicals. Some are to remove chemicals from food. Others are to reduce our dependence on chemicals known as hydrocarbons. There are people that are against western medicine at least in part because they see these medicines as toxic chemicals. One problem with thinking that chemicals are bad is that this is simply not true. Some chemicals are bad for our health, some are bad for the environment but, many chemicals are essential for our life and survival. There are two chemicals that man has known about and depended upon long before the word chemical existed. The first and most important is d

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