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March 6, 2018 - An Unbearable Burden and the Kingdom of God

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

The parable before us from Matthew today is really quite breathtaking. A very powerful king has decided that today is the day he is going to settle his accounts with his slaves (or servant/laborers). For one servant, in particular, this is especially bad news. This servant owes 10,000 talents. According to those in the know, a talent was worth a great deal. To translate it into labor, it would take a servant (or laborer) fifteen years just to pay off one talent. To pay of 10,000 talents—impossible. Knowing this, the king orders that the servant, along with his family and all of his possessions, be sold. There is no hope for this servant. He cannot ever pay that debt—no matter how long and or how hard he tries to do so. He is lost.

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March 5, 2018 - Finding God in the Ordinary

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

Lent is a time where we are called to grow in our relationship with God. But in order for us to deepen that friendship, we must be able to recognize His presence.  I think it is easy to find God in awe inspiring things like the birth of a baby or a magnificent snow capped mountain, but finding God in the more ordinary parts of our lives is challenging. Both readings today encourage us to not become caught up in the amazing, but to see God in the simple, the ordinary and even mundane. If we have open hearts and minds, and the faith that God is present in all things, then we will recognize God’s great love, grace and mercy even in the small details of our lives.

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March 4, 2018 - Our Jar, His Well

Third Sunday of Lent – Year A Readings

Scripture Readings 

The story of the Samaritan woman is narrated by John as a personal conversion story. Even though John tells it as a personal story, he does not tell us the name of the woman. Perhaps John was being intentional. This way, this is the story of every person. Her story can be your story and mine as well. Like the Samaritan woman, we all have a jar. In this jar we keep that which is most precious to us – family, friends, job, home, possessions, hobbies. Sometimes, this jar might be empty. The jar describes us – it is the sum of all that we are. That day, the Samaritan woman came to fill her empty jar with water. The irony is that Jesus does not merely fill her jar. Rather, Jesus led her to the well. The jar… she left that at the feet of Jesus. What does this story mean for me? What could it mean for you? Three things: 

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March 3, 2018 - To Catch His Gaze

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Scripture Reading

“Celebrate Mercy” was the name of a Lock-in I helped run a few years ago. We chose as our Scriptural cornerstone for that event, the parable we read today in Luke. For today we’ll call it the parable of the Prodigal Son, though a friend has made a good case for calling it the parable of the jerk-face brother. Anyway, I digress, for the real hero of the story is the Good Father.

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March 2, 2018 - Choose Your Own Adventure

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

Today's gospel passage (Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46) is one of the most mysterious of Jesus' parables, and also one that has been used, down through the centuries, to justify some of the most awful actions against Jews and others who are not Christian.  It's a weird parable simply in terms of action: why is it that the vineyard owner keeps sending out slaves to be harmed?  Why does he never call the police, raise up an army, or otherwise seek to punish the tenants?  The tenants, too, act in very odd ways.  Why are they bothering to beat up the slaves?  They knew what the price was for renting the vineyard; their actions are more than a little inexplicable.

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