1 Samuel 3:1-20 The sons of Eli were scoundrels who did not know the Lord. That’s what the Book of 1 Samuel has to say about them. They were priests, like their Dad, serving in the temple at Shiloh. And when the people would bring meat as a sacrifice to the Lord, the servants of … Continue reading A Baptism, on the second Sunday after Epiphany
Matthew 22:15-22 Jesus is harder to outwit than a peasant should be. That’s one way, and maybe the best way, of reading why everyone walks away amazed at the end of this passage in Matthew’s gospel. He has the people, but is looked on with suspicion or outright hostility by those with something to loose. … Continue reading God’s grass
Matthew 22:1-14 Lets start with the the bitter, and let be bitter as it is. Matthew has received a memory of Jesus—a memory of Jesus telling a parable about a man of property who threw a party that all the guests he had in mind refused to attend. In Luke, the parable ends with the servants … Continue reading I could be that guy
Exodus 12:1-14 Pharaoh is trapped. Moses and Aaron went staff-in-hand to the god-man of Egypt and said what the Lord told them to say: that the Lord claimed Israel as God’s own, and demanded they be set free to worship in the wilderness. But Moses already knows, we already know, that Pharaoh’s heart will be … Continue reading Liberation
Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus had reasons for going to Syria and its hard not to see it as a retreat to grieve and regroup. He has been disappointed and rejected in his hometown synagogue. And now John has been murdered in prison. Jesus may well, before the curtain of the Gospel tradition rises, have been a … Continue reading A Canaanite woman
Matthew 14:22-33. I’m only a competent swimmer. Two summers ago, we were living in southeast Florida, where I was serving as an intern hospital chaplain. The days were almost always hard, but I would come home, we’d make our dinner and eat it, and then go down to the beach. I’m only a competent swimmer, … Continue reading The sea everywhere
John 11:1-45 The women have been buried in the house for four days. It isn’t a big place, and its full of people mourning their brother. And maybe that’s alright, because, if it wasn’t they would be alone with corner where he laid down, where they wrestled against the fever to keep him. The doorway … Continue reading The Raising of Lazarus.