Theology

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, …

The Blame Game

We as fallen people tend to be good at blaming others.  We see it throughout our lives.  When we’re young, we blame a sibling for the broken lamp.  When we’re older, we blame a co-worker for the missed deadline.   We blame society for our situation in life.   This blaming has been going on since the very beginning.  We …

Distractions

St. Paul writes to the congregation in Corinth: “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…” (2 Corinthians 4:5). The great fear that I have for the wider Church is that we lose sight of Christ’s mission which he has given to us of proclaiming him to all nations, particularly the Church as she exists in …

Living Beings – Pentecost Sunday

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the Fiftieth Day after Easter and the tenth day after Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  All the traditional readings for today talk about the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity (Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26ff).  We worship one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but today is most especially associated …