The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 14:1 & Luke 14:7-14
12 mins 13 secs
Views: 162
The word Makarios is usually translated "blessed", but is sometimes translated "happy". Jesus uses it in the Beatitudes "blessed are the poor, for...." In this weeks Gospel Jesus tells a parable and uses the word again. What does it mean exactly? How are we makarios? It means far more than you will be really really happy if you do these things. Blessings involve a change at some level. We are different after a blessing than before. A gift of grace is given. Something shifts in our souls. We experience an ontological adjustment. This Sunday Fr. Ed will reflect on what Jesus means by makarios and on the behaviors we may practice in this life to accumulate blessings in the life to come.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 13:10-17
16 mins 11 secs
Views: 187
Do exceptions prove the rule or highlight hypocrisy? In this week's gospel Jesus heals a woman and calls the leader of the Synagogue a hypocrite. Have you noticed that Jesus calls a great number of people hypocrites. He really gets angry about hypocrisy amongst the leaders of Israel. Ever wonder how he feels about hypocrisy amongst leaders of the church? How about among his followers? This Sunday Fr. Ed will reflect on the nature of hypocrisy and the sort of hypocrisy that Jesus publicly lambasts and the why and how to minimize hypocrisy in the church and in our lives.
Jesus' followers heard the message straight from him. They followed him from town-to-town, watched his actions, prayed with him, and still they just kept missing the point. If it can happen to them, when He was right there, how easy is it for Christians today? This week's Gospel message is a wake up call, to remind us that Christianity is a revolution, and we need to get behind it.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 12:32-40
15 mins 4 secs
Views: 237
Where your treasure is there will be your heart also. The search for contentment is a constant endeavor. Who doesn't want to get into a groove where they experience success, personal fulfillment, great relationships, and joy. Sadly it is illusive for most people. People feel stuck in unfulfilling dead end jobs, settle into personal trajectories that will never take them to their dreams, and wonder what its all about. This week Fr. Ed will reflect on the mystery of a holy calling and the one thing that transforms all of life.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 12:13-21
14 mins 3 secs
Views: 244
Where your treasure is there will be your heart also. C. S. Lewis often said that "pain is God's wake up call to a slumbering humanity." An easy life, without challenges or struggles, can easily lull us into a sense of ease that draws our hearts away from God. Misfortune, disease, and other challenges drive us to our knees and make us remember that this life we enjoy is not all there is. In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus has some advice for all of us, particularly those of us who place our hope in things temporal.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 11:1-13
19 mins 30 secs
Views: 238
Improve your Prayer Life. Learn to pray as Jesus taught us. A day to change your life.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 10:38-42
19 mins 4 secs
Views: 251
Martha is working in the kitchen while Mary is listening to Jesus. Martha is working hard to be a good hostess while Mary is being contemplative. The sisters are expressing different interests or are they? What is really going on here? Social customs are being broken. Jesus is being scandalous yet again.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 10:25-37
16 mins 51 secs
Views: 228
Who is your neighbor?
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 10:1-11 & Luke 10:16-20
25 mins 49 secs
Views: 217
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 9:51-62
16 mins 46 secs
Views: 176
In this Gospel, Jesus turns his face towards Jerusalem during his journey, he prepares the apostles.