Circumcision of Christ – Church Back Home – January 1, 2017

The Feast of the Circumcision marks Jesus’ first rite of passage, this being from a baby to a child. This was also the time when he was given his name, which had been chosen for him.

Also, we can’t lose sight of the shepherds who were among the first to know of the birth. They let it be known that something wonderful had happened, and so probably everyone in the area had heard.

This was Jesus’ beginning, especially as far a Hebrew law was concerned.


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15th Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home – September 4, 2016

Here we have a pair of readings with essentially the same message: Don’t get hung up on the wrong stuff! It’s an easy trap to fall into, and we don’t need it.

In the Epistle, we’re reminded of the various people who would love to have us “jump through hoops” for one reason or another, even if it is not necessary. Such people are on power trips that we do not need to feed.

In the Gospel, we hear an often mis-used verse about the lilies of the field, but it is valid to use in terms of a line in a prayer which we all know. When we say “Give us this day our daily bread” we ask to be fed today, but without concern about tomorrow’s bread which will come when it is due. It’s the simple fact that mammon is physical wealth, and people cannot worship both God and physical wealth. Seek the Kingdom of God, and you can also have the rest.


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Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home – September 13, 2015

CONTROVERSY ALERT! I feel tempted to add that because the lesson in today’s Epistle is almost identical to one we face today. In Paul’s day, some people were trying to pressure the Galatians to accept circumcision, even though Peter’s encounter with the centurion Cornelius proved it unnecessary.

Paul’s point here is telling people to stop being hung up on what is no longer necessary, and focus on the current reality of salvation through spirit.


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