New Testament

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Blessings and Woe: For Everything There is a Season

This past Sunday our Gospel reading was Luke 6:17-26. After a short preamble, Jesus begins his “sermon on the plain.” 6:20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and […]

“Whoever is not against us is for us.”

What does Jesus really mean when he says “whoever is not against us is for us”? This concept comes up in the Gospel reading for this past Sunday, Mark 9:38-40 (Proper 21, Yr. B), and in the parallel in Luke 9:49-50. (Matt. 12:30 and Luke 11:23 have a similar, yet different phrase in a different context, “he who is not with me is against me.” We will return to that.) In Mark and Luke the […]

Full Human. Fully Divine. Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman or “Still she persists.”

Proper 18 (23) (September 9, 2018) First reading and Psalm Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 Second reading James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 Gospel Mark 7:24-37 7:27 He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” It is good to be back with […]

Unreasonable Expectations: “Be of the same mind”

And it is our Epistle for today, 1 October 2017, Proper 21, Year A.The fuller quote for Phil. 2:1-13 is an excellent reminder that while we are to be “of the same mind” with one another, we are all called to “let the same mind be in [us] that was in Christ Jesus.” Originally posted: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 Morning Prayer Readings: Psalm 119:49-72; 1 Kings 17:1-24; Phil. 2:1-11; Matt. 2:1-12 Philippians 2 begins, 1 If then there is […]

Chesterton on the main characteristic of the Hebrew Bible

I am a great admirer of GK Chesterton, from his Father Brown mysteries (the new BBC series does little justice) to his theological ramblings. His output is prodigious and thus uneven, but always entertaining and enlightening. I have been reading his introduction to Job and found these comments thought provoking. The central idea of the great part of the Old Testament may be called the idea of the loneliness of God. God is not the only […]