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Third Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 It is hard for us to fully appreciate what Jesus was dealing with in his own day and how he was trying to proclaim God’s love in the midst of His particular challenges. Palestine was an occupied country, crushed by taxes from the Romans and Herod. The average person lived in fear of violence from a Roman Empire that maintained control and reaped huge profits by terrorizing the populace and making an example of any who dared rocked their boat. Jesus, particularly in Mark’s Gospel, speaks truth to power in a clear and articulate voice, radical in its message of love. He tells us that we must, ultimatel

Life and Death of Jesus

Proper 4B, 6.3.18: 1 Samuel 3:1-10; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6 I have not been as excited about a set of readings for a while. Paul piques our curiosity by suggesting that we carrying the death and life of Jesus in our bodies, all at the same time. And as I wrestled with what that means to us in our 21stcentury lives I came to the conclusion that how we think about our lives and those of others actually makes a huge difference in how we live out the reality of Jesus in our own families, in the communities we serve, and in the world. I admit, I came to the decision of what I wanted to talk with you about long before I figured out the how. And I was pondering the how I happened upon a