Hope In the Impossible

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C RCL John 5:1-9 I can envision our paralyzed man, lying in a portico, a mostly covered roof held up with numerous columns. Just a short distance away is a pool; a pool that has been known for its healing properties. This man, who I will name Ben, is not alone. He lies on the marble patio with only a thin mat protecting him from the floor. There are many others near him. Crowded around this pool we find the blind, paralyzed, or injured. Each day, this large group of men gathers at the pool’s edge with the hope of being healed. We don’t know much about any of these men. Though we do know that some of them are clearly more mobile than Ben. They get into the pool mo

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C, RCL Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, John 13:31-35 This evening, through the breaking of bread and wine at the Last Supper, through the washing of feet, Jesus offers a new covenant, a contract, between us and God. When covenants are formed there are often rules; things to do or not do, commandments. Many covenants are sealed with some sort of sacrifice. With Judas leaving the room, we know the preparation for the sacrifice has already begun to take place. We know what God is offering us; the forgiveness of sin through faith and repentance which gives us everlasting life as adopted children of God. And yet again, like many covenants, there is a new commandment to go wi

We Are Sheep, Not Elephants

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C, RCL Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30 We are not elephants. Elephants have an incredible memory. They can remember where they have been even if it was decades earlier. When times are good it’s easy for them to follow the paths etched in their minds to where water and food is; to where they have been in the previous years. When times are bad and they can’t find food and water, they look to the matriarch, usually the oldest elephant in the herd. She sometimes has to go to the deepest recesses of her memory; back to a distant land; to a place that she may not have experienced since she was a baby herself. She somehow follows a path that was etched in he

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