Jesus desires for us to watch. The question, however, is, “How do we watch for the return of Jesus?”
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 (Pentecost 23: Series A)
The parable is harsh. It judges. If you do not believe, you will not be saved. But let us pause for a moment and think about why Jesus is telling the parable.
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 (All Saints Day: Series A)
Jesus breaks through our barriers in His beatitudes. He shatters our conceptions of the blessed life and opens the Kingdom of God to all people.
Gospel: Matthew 21:23-27 (28-32) (Pentecost 17: Series A)
Jesus invites us to practice a faith that is bold. He invites us to trust in Him, without calculations.
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 (Pentecost 16: Series A)
Imagine a world where love is given to the least. That is what Jesus is inviting His disciples to do in His parable this morning.
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 (Pentecost 15: Series A)
In this parable, notice how Jesus invites us to consider that forgiveness is something more than a moment. It is a way of grace that extends throughout an entire kingdom.
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-20 (Pentecost 14: Series A)
Sunday after Sunday, God’s people appear to have it all together… which makes you wonder why Jesus even continues to come. After all, everything is great among God’s people here.
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 (Pentecost 8: Series A)
These parables invite us to consider the mysterious way of the reign of God. The Kingdom of God comes by grace to those who are seeking and not seeking it.
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (Pentecost 6: Series A)
We cannot control the resistance of people to God’s Word, but we can trust in God’s power and promise to work through His Word.
Gospel: John 7:37-39 (Pentecost Sunday: Series A)
Whether we are sheltering at home on Pentecost or gathering together in church, we have reason for praise. Jesus Christ is the source of the Spirit and that Spirit will never fail.
Gospel: John 17:1-11 (Easter 7: Series A)
A wonderful intimacy, eternal and beyond our understanding, lies beneath the surface of these words. What is even more wonderful is how this intimacy is also ours. Through the saving work of Jesus, this intimacy is extended unto us.
Gospel: John 14:15-21 (Easter 6: Series A)
Jesus is not celebrating diversity or difference. He is promising sameness. Redundancy. A repeat of what has happened before.
Gospel: John 14:1-14 (Easter 5: Series A)
Jesus sees His disciples facing future uncertainty and responds not with details about dates and times and procedures to follow, but with His promise and His presence.
Gospel: John 9:1-41 (Lent 4: Series A)
When the story begins in creation and ends in restoration, all the moments in between are filled with the working of God.
Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 (Lent 1: Series A)
But this is not a story of Jesus being taken many places. This is a story of Jesus remaining in one place and deepening in His love of the Spirit and the Father.
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-25 (Epiphany 3: Series A)
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.