“Daughter or Son of God?”

Have you ever been to the NY State Fair?    Remember the crowds?
When I read that Jesus was surrounded by a crowd at the side of the lake, I imagine something similar to this.
Now in this crowd, a woman came and touched his cloak in hopes to be made well.
In the eyes of Jesus, this woman who was once “nameless” was now referred to as “daughter”. Jesus was showing that we are all created equal as Sons and Daughters of God.

Let us jump from Capernaum to the amazing things that have happened this week.

  • Marriage of equality from the Supreme court.
  • Amazing Eulogy by President Obama for the fallen in Charleston.
  • 1st African American Bishop in the Episcopal Church.

And Jesus is still showing that we are all created equal as Sons and Daughters of God.

 

Readings - Mark 5:21-43

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David’s Goliath and Ours

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David’s tactics totally kibosh the old adage ‘you fight fire with fire.’ When we face the giants of our lives, there is always another way to come out victorious.

Reading-  1 Samuel 17: 1a,4-11, 19-23,32-49

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On Planting the Seeds and Failing Crops

As much as we would like to avoid our role in the kingdom as sowers/farmers, this text says we can’t. The combo of these parables is not about inactivity…it’s about doing all we can to let God do all God can to bring the growth. Where and how are we planting and watering seeds that might grow into faith? Where and how might God be calling us to plant some seeds?

Readings: Mark 4.26-34

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Delusions of a Crazy God

Jesus is accused of being, in essence, crazy by his family and the religious leaders here. The latter suggesting he is somehow in cahoots with Satan. Such delusions! We might cut his family some slack. (I can’t imagine living with Jesus can you?) But the latter…well, power is more often than not jealous of power. The ‘unpardonable’ sin here is worshipping a God of our choosing rather than the One we see in Jesus…the disrupting and uncomfortably confronting image of the living God.

Readings: Mark 3.20-35

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“Is That God Talking?”

Commentators observe that this Psalm is a rather ‘noisy’ Psalm. It might even be the reason Mom told me when I was kid and afraid of thunder: “It’s just the angel’s bowling.” I can wrap my head around a powerful, majestic voice…that maybe sounds like my grandfather’s…a friend used to say “it sounded like it came from the guts of a mountain” but does God’s voice really make mountains skip, strip forests bare…and what’s the point of shaking a wilderness that’s already bare? What does God talking sound like? How might God speak to us in the here and now?

Readings: Psalm 29

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Spirit Help

Pentecost Sunday…when the church celebrates to giving and receiving of the Holy Spirit. So what? What does that have to do with the help I need right now, right here, in the midst of creations’ and my very own ‘groaning’s?’ Well, pretty much everything! The groaning’s around us are SHARED by the Spirit, which means we are not alone! There IS hope.

Readings: Romans 8.22-27 (NRSV)

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“Just as” Love

John has a thing for making a big deal out of small words. “Just as” (kathos in Greek) occurs some 31 times in the Gospel and James Boyce observes that this word from the whole context of our passage today. “Just as I have loved you…just as the Father has loved me…” The word lets us in on a little secret related to the relationship between Father, Son and the disciples. It might also help frame the way we think about the love that is often thought about on Mother’s Day.

Readings: John 15.9-17

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Out of Africa

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On my trip to South Africa there were several opportunities to see how God is at work today, 8,000 miles from Syracuse. I stood in awe of his creation, could see how his compassion has touched the people of South Africa, and that he has given our brothers and sisters the courage to face their challenges with hope.

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Power Source

The larger context of this passage (which begins back in chapter 3) describes the healing of a man who couldn’t walk by Peter and John…and the reactions of folks, mostly religious leaders, to that healing. The question is posed to these two gents: “By what power, and in whose name, have you done this?” What was…or maybe better who was their power source? Peter and John sure know! What and who is our power source?

Readings: Acts 4.5-12

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On Not Trying to Babysit the World

The Gospel reading BEGINS with the word PEACE. Psalm 4 ENDS with the word PEACE. What is shalom? It’s what comes when trust is in the right place and in the right person!

Readings:  Luke 24:36b-48   Psalm 4

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