What Kind of Sheep Am I?

Last Sunday after Pentecost, Year A, RCL, Track 1 Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Psalm 100, Matthew 25:31-46 “He will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.” Or from Ezekiel, “I will judge between sheep and sheep, the fat and the lean.” Both passages tell us that on Christ’s return, there will be a reckoning and both passages give us clues as to how the judgment will be made. From Ezekiel, on the right side, God we will assemble the scattered and lost; the injured and weak. Jesus says on the right are those who fed the hungry and the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, took care of the sick and imprisoned. On the left, we have those who were inhospitable, uncarin

Risky With Our Gifts

Proper 28, Year A, RCL, Track 1 Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30 Grace abounds in the kingdom of God whether it is here on Earth or beyond the pearly gates. The master tells two of his servants, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” When we hear the word talent, we often think of a person’s personal ability such as time, talent, and treasure. In the Bible, and especially in today’s parable, the talent being spoken about is not our personal attributes. This parable is talking about treasure or money. We are given the impression that a tale

A Sound of Desperation

Year A, Proper 27, RCL, Track 1 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 The Episcopal Church usually isn’t very pushy. It rarely, if ever, has an altar call or a revival meeting out in a tent somewhere in which we are challenged to make a decision. There were days not too long ago when itinerant preachers would come into town and set up huge tents. Some even the size of circus tents. During these meetings, which were full of music and praise, these evangelists would often ask questions like, “Are you going to follow the devil or are you going to follow Christ?” There is urgency in this question, a sound of desperation, as if it is imperative that you dec

A List Set out by Jesus

All Saints' Day, November 5/2017, Year A RCL Revelation 7:9-17, Psalm 34:1-10, 22, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12 The Beatitudes can appear to be a checklist on how to become saintly. No wonder the Saints were saints because we would be hard-pressed to live out these beatitudes. It is true that Saints are known for specific deeds, or acts, or even suffering. They are known to be people who spread the Gospel and increase the Church. Many are known to keep their faith even in the hardest of times. We know from the stories in the Bible that the Apostles, who are regarded as Saint’s, were really just human. Simon Peter was strong-willed, impulsive, and spoke without thinking. James and his brothe

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