What is self-examination? What does your prayer life look like? On Ash Wednesday (this past Wednesday), we began the season of Lent, a period of 40 days, not including Sundays, leading up to Easter Sunday. These forty days remind us of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted. They remind us of Jesus’ humanity. Traditionally, the season of Lent has also been a season of
Over the past year, we’ve gotten really good at hiding things. We have all become adept at making sure that our laundry isn’t displayed behind us while we meet on Zoom. But while we go through great efforts to hide our unpresentable sides, the glory of God displayed in today’s readings is actually limited by the physical person of Christ. It is a veiling not of something unpresentable, but
Today’s Gospel reading from Mark is a story that poses enormous problems for me. First, let’s talk about Jesus and Simon’s mother-in-law. One of the dangers of tending to a sick person is contagion. We see this over and over in the ways that we are working as a church to ensure that all stay healthy. So it may be significant that the Gospel writer mentioned that Jesus took her by the hand.
What might we as a Church do to encourage the true exercise of authority in the world? As I read through the readings for today, I sighed over and over. Nothing came to mind on which to preach. I didn’t immediately get drawn into any themes at first. And so, as I often do when I hit a roadblock, I put the readings aside for a few days. And I pulled them out again on Thursday night, when it
Where is God calling you to cast your net? Well, it’s a fishy kind of day in today’s lectionary! We’ve got a reading from Jonah, who you may remember was involved with a big fish. And we’ve got Jesus with some disciples who were fishermen. I am reminded of a famous parable: There once was a fishing village on the shore of a great lake stocked full of fish. The fishermen of the village