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September 29, 2019

First Reading            Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Psalm                         Psalm 146

Second Reading      1 Timothy 6:6-19

Gospel                       Luke 16:19-31

"The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down." Ps 146:7

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

            Today's gospel gives us a contrast of different worlds: extravagant luxury and abject poverty, privilege and suffering, the included and the outcast, heaven and hell, reveling in money and rejoicing in God. There are choices, reversals, and consequences. As parables often illustrate and offer a lesson, it is up to us to explore these worlds. We must learn how...

September 22, 2019

First Reading            Amos 8:4-7

Psalm                         Psalm 113

Second Reading      1 Timothy 2:1-7

Gospel                       Luke 16:1-13

“Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly.”

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

             The prophet Amos urges God’s people to be honest with each other. He describes a devious practice of offering small amounts of goods and charging high prices. Dishonest merchants would alter balances placed on scales to measure out the fair amount so they could cheat their customers. We can visit the the Carlos Museum at Emory University and see actual weights used in the ancient Near East, and imagine...

September 15, 2019

First Reading            Exodus 32:7-14

Psalm                         Psalm 51:1-11

Second Reading      1 Timothy 1:12-17

Gospel                       Luke 15:1-10

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness."

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

            Today’s gospel is about the lost and found. Not the box behind the counter filled with keys, cell phones, and sunglasses. Though that is is a concept to which all

can relate. Who hasn’t misplaced our keys, or had our cell phone slip out of its pocket, or left our sunglasses on a coffee shop table. Sometimes it is not a thing we have misplaced, but an appointment is missed,...

September 8, 2019

First Reading            Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Psalm                         Psalm 1

Second Reading      Philemon 1-21

Gospel                       Luke 14:25-33

“Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            From Bryan, a disciple of Jesus Christ, by the will of God and constantly reaffirmed choice,

            To the saints of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Macon and all the faithful of middle Georgia, the Diocese of Atlanta, and the one holy catholic and apostolic Church,...

September 1, 2019

First Reading            Proverbs 25:6-7

Psalm                         Psalm 112

Second Reading      Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Gospel                       Luke 14:1, 7-14

“Light shines in the darkness for the upright; the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.”

(Ps 112:4) In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Today’s scripture seems like a lesson in etiquette. The concise wisdom from Proverbs is clear. It is better to recognize our subordinate status than to lose face when asked to step down. People were very aware of social shame in the ancient near east. Proverbs proclaims the value of humility to avoid such public tensions. Take the lower place, and perhaps you will be...

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