Words to Provoke Feelings

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, RCL Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26 Jesus has this habit of turning our thoughts, ways of life, and our ideals upside down. He takes our human ways of survival, our human ways of heritage and history, and tells us that these ways are not the way of God. This is not the way for us to follow him most fully. There was a time in history where a segment of the Hebrew people believed that wealth, prestige, happiness and what we generally consider living the good life, was a sign of God’s blessing upon us and our family. If good things were happening in your life it is because you were doing something that pleased God. If you were

Caught In The Net

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, RCL Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 Who am I? Nobody really. I’m just a simple fisherman who works for my dad. I’m not even the best fisherman; I have friends that are much better than I. Today I was sitting in my boat cleaning my nets after a long night of fishing. All of the sudden this guy; this strange guy who has been going on about his religious ideas climbs in my boat. Oh, I’ve seen him around. He’s a bit loud, gets the people really worked up. Some say he might be a prophet but I don’t have much time for his nonsense and never paid too much attention to him before today. So he got in my boat. I have no idea why my boat,

Charity Begins at Home

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C, RCL Jeremiah 1:4-10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30; Psalm 71:1-6 We have heard it said, Charity begins at home. In our community and nation, we have people out of work. Somewhere within us, even if unsaid, we want our own people to get jobs before others. People don’t have enough food and we want our neighbors to get food before the people elsewhere. Someone needs healing, and we want our loved one to have the best doctors in the world. The saying “charity begins at home” is a reflection of our human nature and seems hard-wired into most of us. When Jesus returns home, those who knew him growing up, the people who babysat him and took care of h

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