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March 31, 2019

First Reading            Joshua 5:9-12

Psalm                         Psalm 32

Second Reading      2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Gospel                       Luke 15:1-3; 11b-32

“Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven,* and whose sin is put away!”

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Today’s gospel begins with a situation of scandalous dinner reservations. Most of us have that one friend or family member, perhaps more than one, who cannot decide where to eat. They say, “Oh, I’m easy to please ... anything will be fine with me.” Great, let’s go to the Mexican restaurant. Then comes the predictable reply, “Well, I had Mexican food yesterday, and my tummy can’t take it two days...

March 24, 2019

First Reading            Exodus 3:1-15

Psalm                         Psalm 63:1-8

Second Reading      1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Gospel                       Luke 13:1-9

“For you have been my helper, and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice. My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast.”

In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN

            ‘Hey Jesus, did you hear Pilate mingled the blood of Galileans with pagan sacrifices?’ Today’s gospel begins with what sounds like gossip. Some are telling Jesus of what seems to be a violent, horrifying act carried out by Pilate. Perhaps like a terrible auto accident, we don’t want to see the carnage, but we can’t look away. We don’t know the de...

March 17, 2019

First Reading            Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Psalm                         Psalm 27

Second Reading      Philippians 3:17-4:1

Gospel                       Luke 13:31-35

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Jesus, “get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” This sounds like a warning from someone concerned about Jesus’ welfare. It could easily be a plea from Jesus’ disciples. But it is not. This veiled warning comes from the Pharisees. The same Pharisees that have been at odds with Jesus since he began his ministry. The same Pharisees who have tried to trick and trap Jesus in some breech of Law, or even blasphemy, so they might take him down a notch, or even stone him...

March 3, 2019

First Reading            Exodus 34:29-35

Psalm                         Psalm 99

Second Reading      2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Gospel                       Luke 9:28-36

“Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and worship him upon his holy hill; * for the Lord our God is the Holy One.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            The last Sunday after the Epiphany offers us an account of Jesus’ Transfiguration. God’s presence and glory are manifest to human witnesses in a most spectacular way. But first, our scriptures start with a reminder of how God has been present and acting among us throughout salvation history. After Moses comes down from Mount Sinai, being in close presence wit...

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