Dumbledore’s Army

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C, RCL Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 Nehemiah stands in front of all the people, their eyes and ears are transfixed upon the Word of God. After the reading and with some explanation, they are told to celebrate with food. How different is this from what we are doing here today? We read the Bible. The Gospel is processed down among the people. The people’s gaze moves with the Book as they turn to follow it. And we all stand attentively listening to what God has for us to hear today. What comes next is some explanation, illumination as to what these words mean for us today. Then after all of this, we have a celeb

House Party

Second Sunday after the Epiphany Year C, RCL 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 As a college student, I remember being at parties where the beer ran out. This moment marked a clear time when people knew that the party was over and it was time to go home. Running out of alcohol was likely a good thing because many of the students already had too much to drink. To me, this wedding party seems to have many of the characteristics of a college house party. But in this case, when the wine runs out, sweet innocent Mary asks Jesus to make more. Of course, we know that he doesn’t just make a little more he makes a lot more 150 gallons, or 750 bottles worth of wine; of great wine. We can get focused

Expect to Find God

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord Year C, RCL Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 When I was in college I had a motorcycle. One day I went out for a ride, just randomly going on back country roads in the rolling landscape of Wisconsin. I had no map, no GPS, I just went out as if to intentionally get lost. Over the next several hours I saw beautiful farms, rustic barns, and all kinds of sights. During this time on my motorcycle, my thoughts cleared out of my mind, I spent time with God. I didn’t realize this is what was happening. But when I eventually made my way back home, I felt different. The college town seemed brighter, the traffic and people around me seemed like

Dipping Into the Water

The Feast of The Epiphany Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 A group of men go on a journey guided only by their instincts and a star. They are guided by a star which arose very far and set out to see where it leads. Yes, they were astronomers or astrologers. Yes, it was pseudo-science and religion, but none the less they said yes. Did they know where this star would lead them? Yes, to a newborn king, but where this was exactly, they did not know. The long trek would have been expensive. A caravan of people with food, water, tents, and protection. If they stopped in a town, goods may have been overpriced because the people knew that these foreigners were wealthy. I wonder if we overlook that

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