Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which focus on Jesus as bread of life. Today Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves and two fish. What we have, what we bring to Jesus’ table, seems like it is not nearly enough to meet […]

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Mark’s gospel makes clear how great is the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think […]

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When Amos reported his vision of God judging Israel for its mistreatment of the poor, he became a threat to the power of the priests and the king. John the Baptist also spoke truth to power, and Herod had him killed. Paul reminds us that we are to set our hope on Christ alone and […]

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When Paul wrote, “for when I am weak, then I am strong,” he forever pointed others to Christ whose power is made perfect in weakness. Jesus sent his disciples out seemingly with nothing – nothing but his authority. They took nothing that could be mistaken as signs of earthly power: no bread, no bag, no […]

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Lamentations reads, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases…great is your faithfulness.” Jesus embodies the faithfulness of God that offers grace and healing. In today’s gospel, Jesus healed a woman and a small girl. Those who sought Jesus’ healing trusted in God’s presence in him. In response Jesus said, “Your faith had made you […]

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Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! When we need it, God’s grace is always there for us. Yet we continue to be fearful, as the storm on the lake made clear to the disciples. Jesus asked them, “Why are you afraid?” Grace in the storm gives us faith, and strengthens […]

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Paul tells us that “we walk by faith and not by sight,” always moving forward into the reign of God’s Kingdom. Jesus described the Kingdom of God as a tiny mustard seed that, by God’s power, grows into a place of new community, becoming a creation in Christ where all people come and find rest, […]

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A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We, too, have received the Holy Spirit through baptism, are joined to Christ’s death and resurrection, and knit together into the body of Christ, […]

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On Holy Trinity Sunday we remember the triune shape of the gospel. The Father sends the Son, and we come to know the Father and the Holy Spirit through Jesus. Jesus sends his church into the world to all nations, to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism into the […]

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On Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s body, the church. Crossing all boundaries that would separate us, the Spirit brings the wideness of God’s mercy to places we least expect it—to a crowd of strangers of different lands and tongues, and continues to breath life and inspiration into our lives. […]

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