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For March 7 (Lent 3, Year B)

John 2:13-22 My Anglican heritage is especially preoccupied with sacred spaces. At our gatherings it looks like it’s all focused on a sort of table. But for us it’s not just a table. We behave very differently around this table. Every time [...]

By |2021-03-06T09:02:58+00:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 7 (Lent 3, Year B)

Grace & White Fragility

Here’s a passage on grace from a very famous sermon by Paul Tillich: Sometimes ... a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:20:30+00:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Grace & White Fragility

For February 28 (Lent 2, Year B)

Mark 8:31-38 Peter has just told Jesus that he must be the Messiah, the Christ, God's Anointed. Instead of congratulating him, Jesus shocks Peter with prediction he can't handle. “OK, you say I'm God’s Anointed. Well, here’s what’s in store for your [...]

By |2021-02-24T10:03:29+00:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 28 (Lent 2, Year B)

For February 21 (Lent 1, Year B)

Mark 1:9-15 Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark doesn’t bother to tell us about any of Jesus’ particular temptations. All Mark says is, “he was tempted.” Other Gospels give some examples, but Mark is making a different point. After all, our Church has [...]

By |2021-02-19T11:52:48+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 21 (Lent 1, Year B)

For February 17 (Ash Wednesday, All Years)

Service for Ash Wednesday (online here) The very name for this day focuses on “the imposition of ashes”—the moment where the minister dips a thumb into the ashes and traces the sign of the cross on the worshipper’s forehead. It can be [...]

By |2021-02-16T10:25:51+00:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 17 (Ash Wednesday, All Years)

For February 14 (Last Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday, Year B)

Mark 9:2-9 This last Sunday in Epiphany, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, is also Transfiguration Sunday, where we celebrate the time when Jesus positively glowed for a few of his disciples on a mountaintop. (Yeah, it happens to be Valentine’s Day too [...]

By |2021-02-13T12:06:54+00:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 14 (Last Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday, Year B)

For February 7 (Epiphany 5, Year B)

Mark 1:29-39 Jesus relieves Peter’s mother-in-law of her fever, and then later that evening he brings healing to all kinds of people—people with physical ailments, and people in the grip of powers we don’t always understand even today. Mind you, not everybody [...]

By |2021-02-06T12:19:27+00:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 7 (Epiphany 5, Year B)

For January 31 (Epiphany 4, Year B)

Mark 1:21-28 When Jesus stood up to teach in the synagogue, he shocked everybody. His listeners were used to having a teacher go through the scriptures verse by verse. Jesus didn’t do that. He told them about the arrival of God’s new [...]

By |2021-01-27T16:54:47+00:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 31 (Epiphany 4, Year B)

For January 24, (Epiphany 3, Year B)

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Suppose you see this headline on your news feed: "Vegan Convinces McDonald's to Stop Selling Hamburgers." The story follows: "A shabbily dressed man burst into the food chain's shareholders' meeting shouting, ‘Eating meat is murder!’ The shareholders and CEO [...]

By |2021-01-23T08:38:44+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 24, (Epiphany 3, Year B)

For January 17 (Epiphany 2, Year B)

Psalm 139 With everything that’s happening this week (who knows what else by the time you read this?), I’d like to focus our attention on a portion of Psalm 139 that is NOT scheduled to be read this Sunday. (The lectionary version [...]

By |2021-01-16T14:30:21+00:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 17 (Epiphany 2, Year B)