Wisdom is at the heart of today’s readings. Wisdom - the great teacher of humankind whose witness is present not only in the words of a teacher, but also in the ordered patterns of the universe and our planet - is often in conflict and contrasted to worldly values. We are challenged to align ourselves with God’s wisdom in our daily lives and to let divine wisdom motivate our words and actions.
In our Gospel reading today, Jesus cures a deaf mute and arouses astonishment in the crowd. We Christians tend to think that the healing of people was the main goal in Jesus’ life. But after this Sunday there are only four more healings by Jesus in Mark’s Gospel. Why? Earlier (in the first seven chapters) he had worked so many cures that people were mobbing him. But that was the trouble.
The fornicators among us are surely disturbed by the words of Jesus today. So are the greedy among us. The same might be said for liars, adulterers, thieves, killers, the licentious, the envious, the arrogant. I contemplated scrapping talking about the Gospel today and thought about talking about love. Or how we need to give proportionately to what we get. I mean, it’s not uncommon for us to
After seeing the second reading for today, I was tempted to preach exclusively on it. You see, while taking the General Ordination Examination to become a priest, the question that was posed to me about the canonical area of “The Holy Scriptures” instructed us to respond to the text of the second reading in an essay of “about 1,000 words” to “explicate the text, providing the historical
The letter to the Ephesians is written to a new, young church community that is trying to figure out how to live out their faith together. They are working to determine how to be distinctly different from the wider community around them, and to fit that into how they lived before they met Christ. They need to show by their words and actions that they have a new life following Jesus. We hear of