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17 Pentecost Yr C

The parables from the Gospel of Luke we have before us today are down right hard. I have read them over and over, and continue to be unsure of what they mean. I have read about them, spoken to colleagues about them, and continue to be unsure of what the message in this is. But then that is the way with parables. The nature of a parable is to ask more questions than to give clear and certain answers. You have to wonder at the wisdom of Jesus, and at the wisdom of those who eventually told these stories, and the wisdom of those who eventually recorded them. I think if I was the editor, I’d try to clear up the meaning, and aren’t we thankful I’m not the editor,because my certainty surely would not be everyone else’s certainty.

And all that is in addition to the entire collection of readings we have today, or for that matter, recently in these last weeks. I wonder how this is sacred scripture, how any of this is really Good News. We have been reading from the prophet Jeremiah, and it seem…

16 Pentecost Yr C

The gospel of Luke today is incredibly hopeful and joyous. The lost sheep and the lost coin stories that we heard read today are followed by the story of the prodigal, which we don’t hear today, but we probably should. We hear that Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. The question I ask so often is where do you find yourself in this story; and the answer for many of us is right here, as one of these lost ones. We find ourselves right here. I do, anyway, often I find my self being carried back into the sheepfold by the Good Shepherd. There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. This is Good News indeed. It is never too late to turn around. These lost things stories are stories about God’s amazing grace. No matter how dire the consequences of your actions have turned out to be, they will never keep you from God’s embrace.

There is nothing we can do that will keep us from God’s embrace, from God’s love, from God’s grace. And yet, we are so good at …

15 Pentecost Yr C

Hate is such a strong word. It’s a word we hate to use, unless we thrust it in anger, as a weapon to injure. I hate you is used to rip and tear at the one who struck first; it is used by the child to make a deep impression on the parent. Hate is a word that is banned in some households, and yet here it is, right in our bible, read loudly and clearly by (Virginia) (Marty). Whoever does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sister, yes-even life itself, cannot be my disciple. We may as well get up and leave now, because how many of us are willing to be disciples if this is what we must do? What in the world is Jesus saying?

At the very least Jesus is saying that being a disciple is not easy work. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple, Jesus says. What Jesus is saying is that sometimes you really do have to choose. You can’t have it both ways; you can’t be a disciple and expect the easy path. It’s about embracing a life that constantly…