A King's Ransom

First Reading Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Psalm Psalm 93 Second Reading Revelation 1:4b-8 Gospel John 18:33-37 “Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; * you are from everlasting.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Some say it is good to be the king. Tell that to all the kings who have been defeated, even killed, by foreign armies, or worse yet, by rebellion from their own people. Kingship brings forth many different images in history and our experience. For God’s chosen people, the love-hate relationship began long ago. Joshua, by the power of God, defeated many kings, and paved the way for th

A Tale of Two Widows

First Reading 1 Kings 17:8-16 Psalm Psalm 146 Second Reading Hebrews 9:24-28 Gospel Mark 12:38-44 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be always acceptable unto you, Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. We often think of our life of faith as a journey. The thing about journeys is they can offer many ways to get to the destination. And if you are not exactly sure where you are going, as they say, any road will take you there. As people of faith, we have a sense of the destination. We have the roadmaps of scripture, tradition, and reason, but the turn-by-turn directions can seem a little vague. We kn

Saints Alive!

First Reading Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm Psalm 24 Second Reading Revelation 21:1-6a Gospel John 11:32-44 “They shall receive a blessing from the Lord* and a just reward from the God of their salvation.” In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. There is one in attendance at every funeral who is unwanted. If only this one would stay home, we would have no need for the funeral at all. The unwanted attendee is death. But this is death with a lower case “d”. Lower case death is fearful and pervasive, occupying the thoughts of the living. We attempt to cheat death and the adventurous tease death with death defying feats

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