Surprised by Love

First Reading Genesis 45:3-11, 15 Psalm Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50 Gospel Luke 6:27-38 “Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, *and he will bring it to pass.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen We have been together as priest and parish long enough now that we might tell each other a story we have told in the past. I hope if you hear one of my jokes a second time, you will laugh again, or perhaps for the first time. But some stories are told again because they so describe our shared experience. Some stories paint a picture that so poignantly guide us. Today

God is Pro Life (NOT a Political Statement)!

First Reading Jeremiah 17:5-10 Psalm Psalm 1 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Gospel Luke 6:17-26 “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. There are many strategies and ways to read and inwardly digest scripture. The methods of approach and study are as numerous as stars in the sky. Add the unique lens through which each of us reads scripture and experiences the living God, it is no wonder there are so many denominations. Today’s lessons might inspire us to ask ‘what is God up to?’ As much as scripture should inform and

Prophecy and Prophets of Love

First Reading Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm Psalm 71:1-6 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 13:1-1 Gospel Luke 4:21-30 “... before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen I wonder if any of you have a favorite prophet. Many of us have a favorite color or a favorite ice cream. Why not a favorite prophet? While I’m fond of all of them, I would have to say Jeremiah is my favorite prophet, for two reasons. First, as I read the prophets, Jeremiah exhibits a personal relationship with God that I do not sense in other Old Testament prophets. Jeremiah seems to re

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