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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 53:4-12 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah describes a person who is struck down by God to bear the iniquities of the people of Israel.  Christians later saw in this the foreshadowing of Jesus who, in obeying the will of God, went “like a lamb led to its slaughter.”  For us, Jesus is the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 5:6-7,10-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 Dear Friends, The prophet Amos declares God’s judgment against those who exploit the poor for their own gain.  Even so, they may yet turn from their evil in order to “seek the Lord and live,” receiving graciousness from the Lord rather than judgment. In Mark’s Gospel, a man wants to know from Jesus how…

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Readings and Reflections on the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Job 1:1; 2:1-10 Psalm 8 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16   Dear Friends, The Book of Job raises the difficult question of the suffering we experience in this life.  Why do we struggle and suffer? These verses suggest that suffering is a test inflicted upon us by Satan, with God’s permission, to see if we have strong…

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Readings and Reflections on the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29 Psalm 19:7-14 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50 Dear Friends, In the reading from Numbers, Moses is overwhelmed by the demands of the people and cries out to God.  In response, the Lord directs Moses to recruit seventy elders who will receive a share of the spirit that was put upon Moses so that…

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Readings and Reflections on the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 3:1-6 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Matthew 9:9-13 Dear Friends, Matthew 9:9-13 tells the story of Matthew’s call to follow Jesus.  In a culture where rabbis recruited “the best of the best,” it is shocking to see Jesus ask a religiously failed and worldly corrupted man to join him as a disciple. Jesus might well have told the critics of…

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Readings and Reflections on the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 50:4-9a James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 Dear Friends, Isaiah here describes a servant who hears the words of the Lord and offers them to the people who are weary.  However, the speaking of God’s message only brings rejection and hardship to the messenger. Confronted with this reality, the servant trusts God to help and uphold him. In Mark’s…

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Readings and Reflections on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 35:4-7 James 2:1-10; 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah speaks words of encouragement to a people who’ve been through disaster and see no light at the end of the tunnel.  “Be strong, fear not! Behold your God …will come and save you.” He paints for them images of eyes being opened, lame men leaping,…

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Readings and Reflections for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Dear Friends, The prophet Jeremiah condemns the leaders of Israel who have failed to act as proper shepherds to the people.  The Lord declares that He personally will gather his scattered and mistreated flock and raise up shepherds who will genuinely care for them. In Mark’s Gospel Jesus welcomes…

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Readings and Reflections for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 Dear Friends, Mark 6 contains the unpleasant story of Herod being tricked into beheading John the Baptist.  Put simply, this is a reminder of how the world often works.  The level of violence and manipulation that “make the world go round” is truly appalling. The gospel accounts do…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Job 38:1-11 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 Dear Friends, Job 38 contains a small portion of God’s reply to the challenge of a suffering man.  This “opening statement” from God clearly depicts the great distance between what human beings can know, and the reality of God who has created all things.  After a good bit more…

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