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7th Sunday after the Epiphany Yr A Feb 23 2014

Audio 2.23.2014

Our relationships matter to God. We are reminded again and again as we continue to hear this Sermon on the Mount. Jesus' words are about God's relationship with us and our relationships with others. God delights in you, and loves you unconditionally and desires the best for you always, especially in and through your relationships. This passage from the sermon on the mount continues to be about how we treat each other in relationship. It is an extension of the ten commandants, which is about how God loves us and is in relationship with us, and how we treat each other. It is a deepening of the law, not about the letter of the law. 
So today we hear more, and let's hear it from Eugene Peterson's The Message. “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court a…

6th Sunday after the Epiphany Yr A Feb 19 2014

Audio 2.16.2014

Our relationships matter to God. This part of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's gospel really tells us that. Our relationships matter to God. Our healthy relationships, our broken relationships, all matter to God. God delights in you, and loves you unconditionally and desires the best for you in and through your relationships. So this passage is about how we treat each other in relationship. This is an extension of the ten commandants, which is about how God loves us and is in relationship with us, and how we treat each other. The Sermon on the mount, of which this passage we have today is a part, is the longest piece of teaching from Jesus in the New Testament. The whole sermon on the mount, is about how we treat each other. These words can help us create health and healing in our relationships. There is no hierarchy of sin here, breaking relationship is always painful and often tragic. These words remind us that all of our relationships are possible only with …

5th Sunday after the Epiphany Yr A Feb 9 2014

Audio 2.9.2014

You are the light of the world. You are the light that shines in the darkness. This is an amazing declaration. Not only is God in our midst, God in the flesh, the light in the world, but that light, God in the flesh, God in our midst, is in us, shines through us, and as we bear that light into the world, darkness cannot overcome. That's not nothing, that's something. God's love, the love that wins, gets communicated to the world through you. Martin Luther King Jr. said "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."  And, something more, you are the light of the world, that is who you are, you are a child of God. This is not about what you must do, it is about who you are, you can't help but be the light and drive out darkness.
Well, with that Good News, how does the love of God get communicated in the world through you? You are commissioned to be God's light in the world. As …

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Feb 2 2014

Audio 2.2.2014

Forty days ago we celebrated the joyful feast of the birth of Jesus. Today we recall the holy day on which he was presented in the temple, fulfilling the law of Moses. And an historical note, the traditional liturgy for the day is called Candlemas, because of its ancient rite of blessing of the candles to be used in the church for the next year, a practice dating from the middle of the fifth century. Today we hear, led by the Spirit, Simeon and Anna recognized Jesus as their Lord, and proclaimed him with joy. We recognize Jesus in all sorts of ways as well. We recognize Jesus in baptism, in one another, and in the breaking of the bread.  
This story, the Presentation of The Lord in the Temple is similar, and yet not the same, as our baptism of today. In this story, a Jewish family brings their son to the temple at eight days old and presented, and circumcised. And at the same time, the child is named. Jesus, God in our midst. At our sacrament of baptism, a baby is prese…