We have to change our lives

Sunday Proper 7, Year A, Track 1, Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39 Our world is not the world that prefers grace over punishment, protects the weak over the powerful. I’m not sure who the god of our world is, but Jesus called the god of his time Beelzebul. Beelzebul can mean Lord of the Flies and because of this name he was commonly mocked by the Jews as being a dung heap which attracts lots of flies. In some ways, times haven’t changed much over the years. We clearly see that where the world finds strength and power is not the way of our God; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael. Last week we had pity for Sarah because she was barren, and this week I

Me! Have a baby at my age?

Sunday Proper 6 Year A Track 1 Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7, Psalm 116:1, 10-17, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35-10:23 Sarah, poor Sarah. When we come into the Genesis passage, our heart goes out to Sarah. She’s barren and hasn’t been able to give her husband an heir. And now she is very old, beyond the point when any woman could even think of having a baby. Then we find her in what should seem to be an embarrassing moment. We hear her laughing at herself as she eavesdrops on a conversation between her husband and three mysterious guests. ‘Me! Have a baby at my age? How preposterous.’ But no one else laughs, and no one else even thinks it is unusual that she was listening in on the conversation. When

We're on a Mission From God

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday, Year A Genesis 1:1-2:4a, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20 When we hear these words, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you,” I wonder if we hear the mission for the Church. Most of us have witnessed people being baptized in the church. We hear sermons that teach us to obey Christ’s commands. And of course, we know that the church tries to be a welcoming place for the people from all nations to become disciples. This is a wonderful way for Matthew to end this Gospel; with a message from Ch

The Holy Spirit Brought Diversity

Day of Pentecost, Year A Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13, John 7:37-39 It is hard for us to be one with each other. We love competition. Some kids compete in school over grades. I have heard stories of law students who hide books or intentionally misfile them on the library shelf so that the other classmates have difficulty finding the information. This would allow one student or group of students to have an advantage over others. There are some in workplaces who compete over their boss’s attention. And even little kids like to compete. They want to race their friends or sometimes their parents. I’ll beat you to the house or to that tree. From the adult perspective, there seems little po

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