Not the Life to Come but the Life Right Now

Proper 21, Year C, RCL, Track 1 Luke 16:19-31 There are points in the liturgical year where the lessons seem to get stuck in a rut. At one point we have three or four weeks of bread. I am the bread of heaven. I am the bread of life and so on. Currently we are in a series of teaching on money and possessions. Three weeks ago Jesus said, “None of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.” Last week we were told, “You cannot serve God and wealth.” And today we have a continuation of this topic with a wealthy man and Lazarus. The story seems clear enough. A wealthy man eats sumptuously, while outside his house is Lazarus, a beggar, who sits there with dogs licking hi

Dishonest Wealth and True Riches

Proper 20, Year C, RCL, Track 1 Luke 16:1-13 Our Gospel passage centers around how we handle our money in relationship to others. We have the Pharisees, the disciples, and Jesus. We have a wealthy landowner, the manager of his estate, and the people indebted to him. This is not an allegory in which we can simply replace one person for another or even an entire group. The parable that is being told is telling us some truth about how we handle our money in relation to others and how these dealings have a spiritual impact on our relationship with God and with those we encounter family, friends, neighbors, and stranger. We find that the estate manager has a bad reputation and the landowner has

Do or Do Not. There is No Try

Proper 18, Year C, RCL, Track 1 Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 When I was young I didn’t fear the random types of violence we hear in the news. The events I was aware of and warned about seemed to be much more in my control. Gang violence, drive-by shootings, drinking and driving, and racing trains. If you kept your head and didn’t do stupid things, didn’t go into certain neighborhoods, and avoided certain crowds, you were likely to avoid most of these types of violence. Ever since Columbine and 9/11, random violence seems to be increasing; especially gun violence. Over the last few weeks, we clearly understand that Texas is not immune to this disease t

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