Strong language in today’s gospel. To me, Jesus sounds angry. In fact this is the angriest that I have ever experienced Jesus. Angrier than when he entered the temple and overturned the tables. Angrier than any of his heated exchanges with the scribes and Pharisees. Angrier than when he told Peter to “get behind me Satan” in our gospel two weeks ago. What is going on here? Why the strong language? Why the anger? It’s a challenging gospel. The first time I read it, it
Not long ago, I went out to a restaurant for dinner. It was a busy place, so we made a reservation in advance. When we arrived, I have to say that the service was really good. “Welcome, Mr. Whittall, we have your table right here.” The server was friendly, showed us to the table, and did everything he could to help us enjoy a nice evening, definitely exceeded our expectations. At the end of the evening, we got the bill promptly, paid with a credit card, and I added the u
Jesus says, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” That’s rough. That’s a hard saying. But when I read it this week, it reminded me, strangely enough, of something I’d seen in an advertisement for shoes. “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” This is Colin Kaepernick. Some of you know his story. Kaepernick was a star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, taking his team to the Supe
Jesus went to a foreign land, on the other side of the Jordan River. When he arrived, they brought to him a deaf man, and he said to him, “Ephphatha. Be Open!” That seems like a pretty good place to begin our new year together. Be open! Whose are the voices that you don’t usually hear? What points of view are you quick to dismiss? Which people do you not usually see? Be Open! It is the beginning of a new school year. It is a time of new beginnings after the summer break.