To follow me

Second Sunday in Lent, Year B, RCL Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38 What is required to follow Christ? Some people want to know this so that they can check off the list and find their way to heaven. Others realized there is no magic list. We just have to follow the best we can. Today Jesus doesn’t speak in parables. He states clearly, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” To me, this sounds a lot like a list. We have to deny ourselves then take up our cross before we can begin to follow Christ. But, I’m not sure the order really matters. We have an “and” between each statement. Deny ourselves, AND take up our cross, AND follow me. B

I Will Not Eat it Anywhere

First Sunday in Lent, Year B, RCL 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15 We all know the wilderness. Even if we haven’t spent time in it, we know of its dangers. Animals that bring us fear, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, rattlesnakes, bear, and so on. Now we tend to go to the wilderness of our own accord, not forced. If we enjoy camping and being outdoors we go willingly while others of us avoid it at all cost. But today, Jesus is driven out into the wilderness. Christ emerges from the waters of baptism, the Spirit descends like a dove, God calls out and announces to all that Jesus is his well-beloved. And immediately, while still dripping wet, the Spirit drives him into the wilderness. He is driv

Transformation is Possible

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9 Having white cloths is a sign of hard work and diligent labor. This is especially true in a time before we had washing machines, detergents with whitening agents, or bluing dyes. before we had washing machines, detergents with whitening agents, or bluing dyes. Jesus is traveling on dirt roads, hiking up the mountain, and being touched by people of all walks of life. His clothes would not be white. And from our modern perspective he would look like a transient, or a character out of Dickens’ Oliver Twist; filthy and dirty. Though to be fair, this is how many people would look like, especially after a long journey in the f

Spreading and Serving

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39 This Gospel passage gets quite a bit of criticism from many different people. Much like Lazarus, Jesus hears about a friend who is really ill. But in today’s passage, he doesn’t delay. He is already there in the house with Simon’s mother-in-law. We tend to jump from her illness and healing to her domestic duties of serving the boys. After all, the passage says “He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.” We are taught that in that day in age, and maybe for some today, one of the main roles for women was to be in the kitchen. This is not an unfair percept

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