Third Sunday After Epiphany – Church Back Home- January 26, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDya-66lljk&feature=share&list=UU712OBD-Iv08w55EzoAgreA

Of all of the Gospel readings in the lectionary, the story of Jesus at the wedding feast has to be one of the most fascinating.  If for nothing else, because of the questions it asks but does not answer.  If the Jews of Jesus’ time were known for anything, they were known for manners and decorum.

That said, why would Mary tell Jesus that the wedding ran out of wine?  What business would it be of hers or Jesus’ if they were only there as guests?

 

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Second Sunday After Epiphany – Church Back Home- January 19, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx-qcT8vECI&list=UU712OBD-Iv08w55EzoAgreA&feature=share

The Bible tells us noting of Jesus’ life from the time he returns to Nazareth after the Finding in the Temple until he is baptized by John The Baptist.  And for that, it only says he came out of Nazareth

Baptism was not something new; rather John used the Mikvah, a traditional Jewish ritual bath, as a re-birthing much as many Christians see Baptism today.  And so, Jesus is baptized and God says he is pleased with His son.

And there is an infinite amount here which we can speculate and imagine about.

First Sunday After Epiphany – Church Back Home- January 12, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0_KyYh1neY&feature=share&list=UU712OBD-Iv08w55EzoAgreA

Along with the Eucharist, perhaps one of the more intellectually challenging stories of Christ’s life on earth – and the last one of him as a child.  I’m talking about the Finding In The Temple.

Many questions could be asked, beginning with what Jesus was actually doing in the Temple.  His public ministry was years away, and I have never been to a major religious facility where it was possible to tie up the bigwigs in a discussion of days’ duration just on a whim.  So, the question remains: what was he doing?

 

Second Sunday After Christmas – Church Back Home- January 5, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueF2g8UxLfE&feature=share&list=UU712OBD-Iv08w55EzoAgreA

Sorry – delayed due to weather problems, and doing work which other people were supposed to help with.

Atheists, agnostics, and naysayers love to talk about “coincidence”, when much that is not coincidental is all around us, and throughout history.  One example is the number of prophecies about the coming Christ, and how Jesus’ life and ministry in our world fulfilled them.

Not only are the odds against it beyond astronomical, they were accomplished in an era where written material wasn’t that common, large collections of documentation even more rare, and much knowledge was based on oral or memory.

We might want to examine our ideas of what is “coincidence” as we enjoy our Communion.