COVID19 is commanding much of our attention this Lent. Indeed, it almost seems as if protecting ourselves and our loved ones from infection and helping our neighbors in any way we can has become our Lenten discipline
Why would God not want us to know good and evil? Isn’t the ability to judge between good and evil a good thing? Are we not supposed to make moral judgements? How can we be good human beings if we don’t know what is good and what is bad?
When Jesus was baptized, there was a voice from heaven that said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” This marked the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
Moses offers us a choice: life or death, blessing or curse. “Choose life!” he exhorts.
Well, that’s a nice thing for Jesus to say about us. Then come the implications. We cannot lose our flavor. We have to shine for the world. He goes on to say that he did not come to abolish the law or the prophets; he came to fulfill them. Fulfilling both the law and the prophets is a tricky thing, for there is a tension between the commandments and the prophets who bring the word of God to the people of God.
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan Stanley November 10, 2019 Proper 27, Year C, RCL Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 17:1-9 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to God all of them are alive. In the Name of the Father and of the […]
The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan Stanley November 3, 2019 Proper 26, Year C, Track 1 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-42 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12Luke 19:1-10 “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” In the Name […]
All Saints Day E. Bevan Stanley November 1, 2019 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. What is a saint? A saint is a holy person. The word “saint” comes from the Latin “sanctus.” And “holy” means set apart for God’s purposes. It seems […]
The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan Stanley October 27, 2019 Proper 25, Year C, RCL Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. That’s the thing […]
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, E. Bevan Stanley October 20, 2019, Proper 24, Year C Jeremiah 31:27-342 Timothy 3:14-4:5Luke 18:1-8 Jesus said, “And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen. The parable in today’s Gospel is a good […]
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 22, 2019Proper 20, Year C, RCL, Track 1 Jesus said, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” In the name […]
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 15, 2019Proper 19, Year C, RCL Jesus said, “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous person who need no repentance.” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Welcome to […]
The Thirteeenth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 8, 2019Proper 18, Year C, Track 1Jeremiah 18:1-11Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 From the Gospel: Whoever comet to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. In the Name of the Father and […]
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 1, 2019Proper 17, Year C From the Prophet Jeremiah: Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that […]