Pentecost 16: God’s Authority

Questioning God’s authority should not even be a thing.  How can there be any doubt in our minds that God, our creator, the one who created everything: our beautiful planet, spiraling galaxies, the depths of the ocean… us, and the people we love… How could God not have authority over … Read more…

Pentecost 12: Take up your Cross

Today’s Readings “That’s just my cross to bear.”  How many times have we heard that expression?  Maybe we’ve said it ourselves.  And rightfully so!  Life definitely gives us enough “crosses” to bear: our own burdens.  When we use this expression, we are usually talking about those persistent problems, inconveniences, and … Read more…

Pentecost 9A: Jesus walks on water

ocean waves

In the Bible, any time you read something about the sea, a red flag should go up.  The Bible often uses the image of water to represent death, chaos, fear, even sin and evil… especially when we’re talking about the ocean or sea.  Although in the Church we use water … Read more…

Jesus feeds 5000

Daily reflection for Sunday, August 6, 2017 Time after Pentecost Then Jesus ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave … Read more…

Pentecost 6A: Wheat and Weeds

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  Now, this man worked SO hard on his field.    In his town, he was considered the best when it came to gardening (at least he thought so).  He researched everything he needed to know before … Read more…

What’s in your garden?

If your life is a garden, what’s growing in it? Imagine your life as a garden. What does it look like? What special care does it need? What do you love about it? What do you feel like is missing? What do you do to care for it? What are … Read more…

How long will you grieve?

Readings for the Day How long will you grieve? That’s what God asks the prophet Samuel… How long are you going to grieve that things didn’t work out the way you wanted them to or you hoped that they would. I’ve already moved onto something new and better, says God. … Read more…

Voices in the Wilderness

Someday I want to start a John the Baptist sermon daring someone to eat a locust. I’m sure that person would never forget that sermon. Fortunately for you all, today is not that day. But really, we focus on the locust detail and ugly camelhair clothes because the truth is … Read more…

Who is the greatest?

Readings for Pentecost 17 Jesus asks… “So… what were you talking about on the road?” Put another way, “what’s important to you?” What are we talking about in our churches today? What is important to us? What are our priorities? Prioritizing is a key skill when all of our lives seem so … Read more…