Power and Freedom

In the power of the Spirit. In Luke Chapter 1 (LK 1:1-4; 4:14-21), Jesus returns to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. He goes home. Nazareth watches as he unrolls the scroll to proclaim the words of Isaiah on the sabbath. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me…He has sent me to proclaim…freedom. Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. Jesus echoes Isaiah (Chapter 61:1) the prophet and announces to his hometown that he is the anointed one! Jesus has been victorious after being tempted in the desert and now he is ready to begin his ministry. The story continues in Chapter 4 with the question, Isn’t this the son of Joseph? The prophet Ezra in the 1st Reading (1/27/19) proclaims Today is holy to the Lord… when he reads from the scroll. Scripture is read in our Churches today from a lectionary and from the Bible in studies and classes. We are the hands and feet of Jesus now. Paul reminds us that we are the Body of Christ. Can we bring glad tidings to the poor, give sight to the spiritually blind and speak the truth that sets all of us free? Whoever has ears ought to hear. We just need to speak and act in love. Live holy. If we do, this can be an amazing year! Let us all live in the power of the Spirit. Based […]

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To The Brim

From water to wine! The Wedding at Cana tells us a story of a miracle where Jesus transforms water into wine. These wedding celebrations lasted for days especially since travel could take so long. No cell phones or email for these relatives! Mary, Jesus’ mother, sees that they are running out of wine and tells Jesus to fix the problem. Moms seem to be aware of everyone’s needs and want to help. Jesus knew that if he helped this would make his mission known. People would know that he could perform a miracle. Things would change. He tells Mary that it’s not the right time. It’s not that he couldn’t or even didn’t want to. Scripture only says he thinks it’s not the right time! Mary just tells the waiters to do whatever Jesus tells them. It’s one of the reasons we know that we can go to Mary for help. She will take our concerns to Jesus. We just need to “Do whatever He tells you.” These stone jars could hold 20-30 gallons! “Fill the jars with water.”So they filled them to the brim. John 2:7 Notice that Jesus not only transforms water to wine, John tells us that the jars were filled to the brim! The waiters did exactly what Jesus said. The headwaiter knew that everyone served the best wine at the beginning of an event, before you were too tipsy to notice the difference! The headwaiter asks the bridegroom why he kept the best […]

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Who’s number 1?

Who’s number one in your life? …love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength…He is One and there is no other than he. It’s a tall order. It requires you to be ‘all in.’ Don’t hold back. And if you try with all your might, you might be able to […]

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Poor Rich Guy

The man in Sunday’s Gospel from Mark on 10/21/18 asks Jesus what more he needs to do. Hasn’t he done enough? He’s followed all the Commandments. He’s taken care of his parents. He’s a good person. What more does he need to do to get into heaven? Jesus surprises him with his answer. This man has not done enough. Give […]

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Get up and eat!

The Scripture Readings for August 5 start with grumbling. Why are we so unsatisfied? The Lord provides the Israelites with the bread from heaven, manna. They get their fill and no more. Not starving, but not happy? Our 2nd Reading from Ephesians asks, “What are you thinking?” Are we thinking like Jesus? Put away your old self. You are made new in Christ! We need to start acting like it. How do I get ‘Donna 2.0’? Or maybe I’m at actually 127.0! What matters is to keep trying and making progress. Jesus reminds us in the Gospel from John that it was God who gave the manna. Moses couldn’t do it himself. Jesus promises to give us the bread of life. A bread that gives life to the world. We will always be unsatisfied with the bread we eat. We will be hungry again tomorrow! But Jesus said he was the Bread of Life. If we go to him, we will not be hungry or thirsty again. Are you satisfied? EX 16:2-4, 12-15 EPH 4:17, 20-24 August 5, 2018 Readings    

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