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Sunday, 14 August 2016
Passage: Luke 12:49-46
Duration: 10 mins 54 secs
This week’s readings are not for the faint of heart, but are a reminder that following Christ is not fluffy and soft. In Jeremiah, God calls false prophets onto the carpet. In Psalms, God puts false gods on notice. In Hebrews, the author lists the hardships and faith of the heroes of Israel, and calls on the current generation to live up to that standard. In Luke, Jesus speaks of his crucifixion in terms of fire and baptism, and says he came not to bring peace, but division. So we are called to wake up and realize what times we live in, and what we are called to do.
Sunday, 07 August 2016
Passage: Luke 12:32-40
Duration: 13 mins
In this week’s Gospel, we are called to live lives of expectation and peace. We rest in the knowledge of God’s love for us, but also are asked to live with our sandals on and our gas tanks full. Life as we know it is not static; neither locally nor cosmically, and what we see here and now is a small part of our whole life. Likewise, this physical Earth is a small part of the spiritual reality around us, and is not our homeland. So what does it look like to live with that type of expectant, hopeful, faith?
Sunday, 31 July 2016
Passage: Luke 12:13-21
Duration: 11 mins 32 secs
In this week’s gospel Jesus warns that our lives are not to be about gathering wealth. Life is so much more than the abundance of possessions. Jesus tell the Parable of the Rich Fool, a man who who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. We are not to devote our lives to the gathering and accumulation of wealth. if money is our master, that means God is not (Matthew 6:24). When God is our master, we are blessed to be a blessing in the lives of others, and we are blessed to build the kingdom of God.
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Passage: Luke 11:1-13
Duration: 17 mins 49 secs
In this week’s gospel, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. What they are really asking, as they already knew how to pray, was how they were to pray as his disciples. He teaches them the Lord’s prayer but then teaches them some important lessons about prayer. These lessons together with the Lord’s Prayer give us direction on how to pray as a faithful follower of Jesus. This Sunday we’ll reflect on how to pray faithfully, what faithful prayer is, and aligning ourselves to Jesus.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Passage: Luke 10:38-42
Duration: 14 mins 58 secs
This week’s Gospel and Epistle readings are continuations of last week’s readings and are both fascinating. Our Gospel is the story of Martha, Mary, the problem of overwhelming distractions and anxiety, and the solution of singular focus, in contrast to last week’s gospel of being ready to be of service at any time to those in need. It is a Gospel for all who would be disciples of Jesus. In Colossians we read : “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Here also we have Paul’s statement that his sufferings are making up for what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. How do we know when we are called to difficult and sacrificial service for the sake of the Gospel, and when we have stressed and panicked ourselves by trying to give too much? The world proclaims the need for balance, but is sometimes just a way to feel guilty no matter what we do or don't do. Scripture encourages both contemplation and vigorous activity but provides a path of peace through each.
Sunday, 10 July 2016
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 13 mins 33 secs
This Sunday's Gospel includes the parable of the Good Samaritan. It's an amazing parable that challenges the listener to re-imagine community and glimpse the world through Jesus' eyes. It also touches on the question of faith and works. What is expected of the faithful disciple? Then there is the question of how we deal with the overwhelming needs we encounter in this world. Instant worldwide communication has expanded our understanding of our community from a simple village to the entire world. How can we be faithful in the face of such overwhelming need?
Sunday, 03 July 2016
Duration: 13 mins 34 secs
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus sends out seventy followers to proceed him into towns he intends to visit on his way to Jerusalem. His instructions are the “what not to wear” for missionaries through out the centuries; though we haven’t always followed them. The seventy come back amazed by the power they were given and Jesus reminds them to rejoice in their place in the Kingdom, not in power; even God-given power. It is in humility and vulnerability that we face the wolves and daunting task of bringing the gospel to those who need to hear it. It is the peace of God we bring, when our face is the first version of Christ people meet. And it is in hope, not power, that we rejoice.
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Passage: Luke 9:51-62
Duration: 19 mins 23 secs
This Sunday, we consider the type of commitment Jesus expects of his followers. What do we do when faced with rejection, persecution, competing interests and obligations? This week's Gospel is filled with such examples that all together point to the type of mindfulness that is unmovable. In an area that seems increasingly alien to Christian Faith, we find guidance for our journey in this week's Gospel. "He (Jesus)...persuaded them to be patient and to cherish a mind that is unmovable by anything like this." Cyril of Alexandria (Commentary on Luke, Homily 56)
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Passage: Luke 8:26-39
Duration: 8 mins 50 secs
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus healed a man who had been possessed by a legion of demons. The demons recognize Jesus as "Son of the Most High God" and they were afraid that he would order them to return to the abyss. The townspeople were also afraid of Jesus and begged him to leave. Frightened of a man who could cast out demons, they turned away from their chance for healing and grace. The man who was healed begged to go with Jesus but he was sent on his way to proclaim "how much God has done for you". Are we afraid like the Gerasenes or do we proclaim how much Jesus has done for us?
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Passage: Luke 7:36-8:3
Duration: 18 mins 6 secs
Last week Jesus restored life, this week he restores wholeness by forgiving a woman's sins. We see her joy and gratitude demonstrated by her actions in caring for Jesus, washing his feet with her tears of joy, kissing and anointing his feet in gratitude. Because much had been forgiven of her, she loved much in return. This isn't a call to go out and sin greatly so that you will be forgiven much but a call to remember that we have all sinned, and by our faith in Jesus, we are forgiven.
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