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Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12 First a little historical perspective – to help us understand Matthew’s rather vitriolic attack on the Pharisees in today’s gospel reading and in the chapters that follow. In 1st century Palestine, there existed four principle branches of Judaism.  Pharisaic Judaism paid special attention to the understanding and application of the Law of […]

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Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46 As most of you know, I don’t take everything written in Holy Scripture literally. But some words attributed to Jesus, like in this second commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” so encapsulate the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus, and, in addition, are found in some form in all the […]

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Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22 Teachers who instruct aspiring writers generally urge their students to show the reader what is going on in a scene, rather than just tell them.  To describe the pinched lips and furrowed brow of an anxious character, conveys a much more vivid impression, than just simply remarking, “He was worried.” More is […]

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Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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 Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 “Friend how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” There is something about that robe that is so very important. I think that dreams and parables should be interpreted using the same method.  You lose your keys and, most of the time, after a frantic search you find them.  You […]

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Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46 As a seminarian a few years ago, part of the process of becoming a priest in the Diocese of Arkansas involved sponsorship by a church within the Diocese.  The Bishop selected St. Margaret’s in Little Rock to be my sponsoring parish, so I made frequent trips from Austin to West Little Rock […]