Fifth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- June 30, 2013

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With today’s Holy Communion, a couple of readings which some folks might find to be too much of a challenge. But I see it as being an excellent summary of what The Divine might have in mind for us.

I also notice something repeated. In college, if the professor kept repeating something, it was a guarantee that I’d see it again – on a test, in life, or both.

Do you notice in the various communion prayers a call for something, perhaps broader and more open-ended than some people might like? Perhaps here is a clue!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

Fourth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- June 23, 2013

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What a pair of readings! The Epistle is,in my opinion, one of the most abused and mis-used scriptures in all of religion, regardless of denomination! Why? Because the message that we need to keep our current problems in perspective is mis-interpreted to claim that we’re supposed to just sit there and put up with a bunch of stuff.
And wait till you hear the Gospel reading! It sounds almost like something you might see in a couple of parishes I experienced in the long-past! Did Jesus find the same thing in his day that I’ve seen more recently?

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

 

 

Third Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- June 16, 2013

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An interesting pair of lessons to go with today’s sacrament!

Did you ever notice that in many so-called mainstream religious groups, regardless of their name or the names of their deities, there are always some who actually brag about how humble they are? And how holy and blessed they think themselves? And then a Gospel reading about Jesus’ reaction to people like that. Did they think he came to hand out goodies and “attaboys” to the people who proclaimed themselves righteous?

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

 

Second Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- June 9, 2013

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With this Eucharist, some powerful lessons. “Marvel not, if the world hate you”, we are told. And indeed truth is truth even if nobody believes it, and a lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. It is far more important that we care about each other and have compassion.

And that is followed by the banquet story. If the people who did come enjoyed it so much, can you imagine how much the people who were originally invited would have gained? And somewhere in here, I see not-well-hidden, an added lesson about sincerity as opposed to the lip service we so often encounter.

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal

First Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home- June 2, 2013

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With this Eucharist, a couple of my favorite readings. I call them favorite because I find something new in each one of them every time I venture into them. The beggar Lazarus is one of my favorite characters in the Bible, and one of the reasons for that is that he shows how dogs will offer compassion to people even when other people won’t.

And how did the rich man know Lazarus from ever-so-many beggars that might have been around? And in the Epistle, the word “love” is often used, but if you translate that to “compassion”, maybe the point of it and Lazarus’ parable is clear. And it might be clear what people need to do!

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal