Proper 12, Year A, Track 1,
Genesis 29:15-28,Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, like leavening, like a treasure, like a merchant, and like a net. What an interesting random assortment of things the kingdom of heaven is like. From this description that Jesus offers, it is clear that the kingdom of heaven is absolutely unclear to us. He gives us five examples to clarify what the kingdom of heaven is like but in the end, it still seems muddy.
Proper 11, Year A, RCL, Track 1, Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23,Romans 8:12-25,Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 Have you ever noticed that some weeds look almost exactly like the plant you are trying to grow? As a kid I planted corn. And as it started to sprout there seemed to be more plants coming up than I planted. As they grew there was a slight difference between some of the plants but it was very hard to tell them apart and I really didn’t know which plants were the corn and which were th
Proper 10, Year A, Track 1, Genesis 25:19-34,Psalm 119:105-112,Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 The parable of the sower is one of the most famous parables that Christ tells. It seems so easy to visualize a farmer scattering seed. The parable even comes with an explanation just in case we didn’t quite understand it when Jesus told it to us. Yet, for me, there are a few details that just never sit well. We have the sower scattering seed far and wide. The sower seems to be i
Romans 7:15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 There is a funny differentiation in today’s gospel. Jesus makes a distinction between the wise and intelligent, and infants. What is true about this is that not everyone is considered wise and intelligent but everyone is, or at least was, once an infant. Notice that Jesus doesn’t say these infants or those infants, he implies all infants. From this, I gather that everyone has been born with the ability to know, love, and obey the Fathe
Proper 8, Year A, Track 1. Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 Whoever welcomes a prophet… Whoever welcomes a righteous person… Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones. . .will received a reward. We are a people who like rewards. When I was a kid my mother collected S&H green stamps. At some point, months down the line, she could redeem them for a toaster or a few pieces of china. Today many supermarkets have loyalty cards in