Saturday, October 22, 2011

Introduction - Proper 30 - 2011 October 23

Deut 34:1-12 – PS 90:1-6, 13-17 1 Thess 2:1-8Matt 22:34-46
Intro to the Readings
From Deuteronomy we listen as Israel’s leader, Moses, dies and everyone weeps. When some leaders die not everyone weeps. But the Israelites weep for thirty days.
Psalm 90 has been printed with the sub-title A Prayer of Moses, the Man of God. The Psalm is a communal lament that acknowledges the mortality of humankind and that God is God from age to age – from everlasting to everlasting.
Saint Paul writes to the Thessalonians to “please God who tests our hearts.” He does not write to please human hearts.
In the Gospel we listen as the Lord is asked “which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Listen to his answer and pay attention to the question the Lord asks.

Let us mourn with those who mourn in our world today, and let us rejoice that David’s Lord has come to us in the Messiah.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Introduction - Thanksgiving - 2011 October 9

Deut 8:7-18PS 65 – 2 Cor 9:6-15 – Lk 17:11-19
Intro to the Readings
As we listen to God’s word today we ought to be a grateful people.
For the freedom that is ours’.
That we can freely vote for the individual we choose.
The reading from Deuteronomy speaks about the land God is bringing you to.
The Psalm speaks about those whom God draws to the heavenly courts.
To the Corinthians the Apostle Paul speaks about those who sow generously – to those who sow generously, not begrudgingly.
If you miss it the Gospel reading is about tithing, after all it is the season of thanksgiving.

Let us give to Lord God generously not begrudgingly.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs: a man of vision

Steve Jobs, a man of vision and creator of the Mac, has died.
But I would encourage all to watch Jobs speak to a graduate class in 2005 at Stanford University.
Jobs speaks about hope, cancer, death, and life.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Introduction - Proper 27 - 2011 October 2

Ex 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20PS 19Phil 3:4b-14Matt 21:33-46
Intro to the Readings

From Exodus we listen to the Ten Commandments. They are given that we might not sin.
Psalm 19 reminds us of the Commandments: “The Law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul” . . . “The statues of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart.”
Saint Paul in writing to the Philippians speaks of what he is gaining and losing in Christ. He affirms that Christ is our heavenly prize.
In the Gospel the Lord tells another parable about the owner of a vineyard and his son. As the Lord tells the parable the chief priests and Pharisees heard and understood.

May we hear and understand. Let your heart and soul receive and rejoice in the Commandments of God.