Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 10, 2018 - Proper 5B

In the name of God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
            “When Jesus’ family heard about what he was doing, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’” Sometimes the work of the preacher is to help in translating an ancient text into modern terms. But you all have been to enough family gatherings to know exactly what is going on here. Jesus is crazy, off his rocker, not playing with a full deck of cards – or at least, that’s the accusation being made against him. Today when we call someone crazy, generally we do it as a way of invalidating whatever their action or position is. And it was no different in Jesus’ time.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

June 3, 2018 - Proper 4B

In the name of God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
            Deuteronomy 5:12-14 says “Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work.” Other than the command to love God, our neighbors, and ourselves, the Sabbath commandment is the most important. Rightly observed, the ordinance to keep the Sabbath orients our lives to God and sets on the path of living a sanctified life. But the Sabbath commandment is also the most difficult to keep.