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Pentecost Last YrC Proper 29: 11/24/2019

Pentecost Last; Yr C

Herod was afraid that Jesus would be a rival to his kingship over Judea. Pilate could not understand how this itinerant preacher, without crown or scepter or throne could be considered a king by anybody. Only a small gathering who followed him, listened to him preach, and saw him active in his ministry, could see that he was a very different kind of leader: he was their spiritual king.

So today we honor the reign of our spiritual king.

Pentecost 23C Proper 28: 11/17/2019

Pentecost 23; Yr C

The reading from Luke’s Gospel today can be divided into three parts: Jesus’ prediction that the Jerusalem Temple would be destroyed; giving some signs to tell when the time is coming for the full arrival of God’s Kingdom on the earth; and warning that there would be a time when his followers would be persecuted.

Pentecost 20C Proper 25: 10/27/2019

Pentecost 20; Yr C

In today’s Gospel reading from Luke the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable said, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people.”  This parable is not about the Pharisee showing off, or lacking in humility. He really believes that his good, virtuous deeds, following and even exceeding the letter of the law, is enough to please God. He believes that if everybody lived like he did, all would be right with the world. What God says through the teaching of Jesus Christ is that human goodness is not enough. Human goodness by itself cannot fix this broken world.

Pentecost 19C Proper 24: 10/20/2019

Pentecost 19; Yr C

In the Gospel lesson today, Jesus told the story of the Unjust Judge and the Persistent Widow to illustrate our need for persistence in prayer. The woman would not give up from pleading for justice.

I understand the feelings of the persistent widow; the feeling that nobody was listening to her.