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Six Days Later ...

Six days later. Six long days later. Six of the longest days of Peter’s life. Almost a full week with Jesus’ words ringing in his ears: “Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me.” Everything had been going so well. The week before, Jesus had taken Peter and the disciples up north, to the outskirts of the Roman city of Caesarea Philippi. There, overlooking the enemy city, overlooking the soldiers’ barracks, he had asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” And it was Peter who had responded, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus had been pleased, he had praised Peter for his response, and he had chosen Peter as his leader, the rock on whom he would build

No One is Disposable

Did you find today’s gospel disturbing? If so, that’s a good start. The kingdom of God has come near. And it’s going to disturb us. Shake us up a bit. One of the reasons that we hear today’s gospel as disturbing or even painful is because we hear it as ethics. We hear it as a high ethical standard, which I know that I don’t meet, and that makes me liable, and I don’t like to hear that. We hear Jesus teaching about the law as ethics, and it sounds like it’s aimed squarely at us. But it’s not about us. It’s about God. This is not ethics. This is revelation. Two weeks ago, when we started reading the sermon on the mount together, I said that this was Jesus’ manifesto, his public declar

Be Who You Are

One of the best places in the world to see moose is Algonquin Park. And the best time of year to see moose in Algonquin Park is in May, near the end of the spring melt. If you drive the highway 60 corridor in May, in the morning or evening, you will see dozens of moose gathered on both sides of the road, sometimes even on the highway. They are there for one reason. Salt. During the winter the highway is salted to remove ice, and so in the spring, the pools of water in the ditches by the side of the road are salty. And the moose, who are salt deprived because of their winter diets, will travel hundreds of kilometers to drink the salty water from the pools by the side of the road. Salt,

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