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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2010

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Luke 14:1, 7-14 The spirit of hospitality, the welcoming of the stranger, is firmly imbedded in the Christian tradition.  If we look deeply at the nature of hospitality we see how it is inextricably linked with Jesus’ larger sense of social justice.  Making a place at the table for the stranger, is a way of […]

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2010

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Luke 13:10-17 I can remember my Dad, Hollis, in a rather transparent attempt to justify his decision to work on Sundays, quoting the scripture we just heard, “Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water?” For 40 years […]

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 2010

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Luke 12:49-56 “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say, `It is going to rain’; And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat.” Jesus’ observation concerning the ancient wisdom of weather forecasting reminds me of the story of the American Indians on a remote reservation […]

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 2010

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Gospel: Luke 12:32-40 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” In our Hebrew Scripture for today we hear God speaking to his people through Isaiah, “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?  I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and […]

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 2010

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Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 I wonder if this story of the rich man who foolishly made plans to pull down his barns and build larger ones, would have made such perfect sense to us three years ago, before the collapse of our most revered financial institutions, before the economy plunged into its deepest recession in decades, […]