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Fr. Charles Allen is an Episcopal priest who has served GraceUnlimited since 2004. Rather than providing all the answers, he prefers to ask a lot of questions, and he welcomes yours, too.

For February 27 (Last Epiphany, Year C)

Luke 9:28-36  Today is the Sunday of the Transfiguration, the last Sunday in Epiphany, the last Sunday before Lent, our last chance to be festive before everything turns somber and we give up saying “alleluia” until the Easter Vigil. So we might [...]

By |2022-01-23T11:41:40+00:00January 23rd, 2022|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 27 (Last Epiphany, Year C)

For February 20 (Epiphany 7, Year C)

Luke 6:27-38 We’ve heard Jesus say Love your neighbor as yourself. That sounds safe enough, even though we regularly confess we haven’t done it. But love your enemies? That’s not safe. In fact, it sounds downright foolish. But that’s what he said: [...]

By |2021-12-23T08:15:18+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 20 (Epiphany 7, Year C)

For February 13 (Epiphany 6, Year C)

Luke 6:17-26 If you’ve sat in church much, you hear words like “Blessed are you…” and you probably think “Oh yeah, The Sermon on the Mount.” Well, that’s not what you heard today. Today’s Gospel lesson is known as The Sermon on [...]

By |2021-12-23T08:11:32+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 13 (Epiphany 6, Year C)

For January 30 (Epiphany 4, Year C)

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 This week’s Lectionary readings include St. Paul’s famous chapter on love. It’s probably one of the best passages ever written by anybody anywhere. But what amazes me about it is remembering who wrote it. Because, if you had first [...]

By |2021-12-23T07:58:43+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 30 (Epiphany 4, Year C)

For January 23 (Epiphany 3, Year C)

Luke 4:14-21 Luke tells us that Jesus went to the local synagogue every Sabbath, and in this reading we hear what happened when he preached at his hometown synagogue. There are two crucial points to notice: First, he reads a passage from [...]

By |2022-01-22T12:03:45+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 23 (Epiphany 3, Year C)

For January 2 (The Second Sunday After Christmas, All Years)

Jeremiah 31:7-14 If we had a contest for prophets of doom, Jeremiah would win first prize, hands-down. We even have a term for a message like his—it’s called, fittingly, a “Jeremiad,” a long-winded diatribe against a society’s moral failings that will lead [...]

By |2021-12-13T08:36:53+00:00December 13th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 2 (The Second Sunday After Christmas, All Years)