Theology

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

God’s word to the Ephesians through St. Paul: “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret” (Ephesians 5:11-12). The day of exposing is upon us. By now you’ve probably heard or read about the report concerning sexual abuses in the …

Rest

In the reading from Exodus 16, the Lord makes a reference to His third commandment concerning the Sabbath (Exodus 16:2-15).  The people are complaining about the lack of food.  They want to go back to captivity in Egypt where they were well fed, and they accuse the Lord of bringing them into the wilderness to kill them. So, the Lord …

Sign of the Promise

Rainbows – I think we all somewhat inherently like rainbows.  I still try to take a picture of every one that I see.   In Genesis, God tells Noah that the rainbow is the sign of His covenant (Genesis 9:8-17).  Now, to put this in context we should back up a little bit and review the events of Genesis.  When …

From a Dresser of Figs to Prophet

The texts from Amos and Mark today bring to mind the fact that there are many Christians throughout the world undergoing persecution for their faith (Amos 7:7-15 and Mark 6:14-29).  Christians, and particularly converts, are hardest hit in the Middle East.  The Copts in Egypt have been the victims of violence for many years now.  Many Muslims are converting to …

Too Familiar

In our Gospel reading for today (Mark 6:1-13), Jesus goes to his hometown and teaches in the synagogue on the Sabbath.  The text doesn’t say exactly what he taught, but one can imagine that it’s similar to what he had taught previously: that the Scriptures are fulfilled in him and that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, because he …

The Shade Tree – Mark 4:26-34

If you’ve ever done any gardening, it’s quite an enjoyable and amazing experience.  In the past, we’ve planted a vegetable garden in our yard in the section that we called our “ugly area.”  In that area, we tilled the ground, then placed the seeds, then covered up the seeds with earth and carefully watered them.  We planted things like tomatoes, …