This is the wonder which is present in the calling of the disciples. Not how they drop their nets to follow Jesus, but that Jesus does not need to go far to find disciples. He chooses the people He lives among.
Gospel: John 1:29-42 (Epiphany 2: Series A)
This is what makes the reading from John so frightening and yet so exciting. Notice how Jesus appears. Not in miracles, not in marvels, but in relationships.
Gospel: Luke 23:27-43 (The Last Sunday in the Church Year: Series C)
God invites us to have intimate conversations in a world filled with mockery and hate. To trust Jesus reigns whenever and wherever He extends a word of promise to the displaced and the disfavored, welcoming them home.
Gospel: Luke 21:5-28 (Pentecost 23: Series C)
Jesus offer us this vision of violence not so we might be drawn into it but so we might be drawn through it to come closer to Him.
Gospel: Luke 20: 27-40 (Pentecost 22: Series C)
If the resurrection were just a repetition of this world, then it would be ridiculous, indeed. But the resurrection is different. It is a world without death.
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 (All Saints Sunday: Series C)
On All Saints Day, the beatitudes remind us how God in Christ claims people, frail, humble, poor, mourning, and makes them His own.
Gospel: Luke 10:17-20 (The Festival of St. Michael and All Angels: Series C)
No, we may not be casting out demons, but the battle continues and all of God’s people are involved in it. At baptism, we are taken from the Kingdom of Satan into the Kingdom of God.
Gospel: Luke 16:1-15 (Pentecost 15: Series C)
If anyone could be accused of squandering riches, it would be Jesus. The Pharisees have seen Him squander the blessings of God on tax collectors and sinners. He did it then. He does it now, for you and me.
Gospel: Luke 15:1-10 (Pentecost 14: Series C)
Jesus will be working in our feeble misguided efforts to reach out to the world. He governs our words and our deeds, no matter how awkward they might seem.
Gospel: Luke 14:25-35 (Pentecost 13:Series C)
We would expect Jesus to be delighted people have responded to the master’s invitation. Instead, Jesus asks these people to reconsider whether they should be following Him or not.