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The Trouble With Wealth - October 11, 2015

Mark 10:17-31

A very rich woman died and appeared before the Pearly Gates. Gabriel met her. "What have you done that I should admit you to heaven?" he asked.
"I think I've been a pretty good person all my life," she said.
"That's nice," said Gabriel. But what have you done? You know, charity work and things like that?"
"Oh," said the woman. She thought for a long moment. "Well, one time as I was walking down Wall Street to my office, a panhandler asked me for money to buy coffee, so I gave him $5."
"That's nice," said Gabriel. "Anything else?"
She thought some more. "Oh, I remember. Another time as my chauffeur was driving me to a party there was a terrible snow storm. We got stuck. I looked out the window and there was a woman with a sign saying she needed food for her kids. I sent my aide out to give her a $10 bill."
"That's nice," said Gabriel. "Anything else?"
"Someone in the office was collecting money for the cancer fund and I wrote a check for $100."
"That's nice. Anything else?"
"No, I think that's about it."
Gabriel didn't know what to do with this woman, so he turned to St. Peter to ask for advice. Peter told him, "Write her a check for $115 and send her to hell."

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The Upside Down Kin-Dom - October 4, 2015

Mark 10:2-16

A priest, a pastor, and an imam were discussing the best postures for prayer, while a telephone repair person worked nearby. "Kneeling is definitely the best posture for prayer," said the priest. "No," said the pastor, "I get the best results standing with my arms raised." "You're both wrong," replied the imam, "the most effective posture for prayer is laying flat on the ground."
Finally the telephone repair person could not restrain herself any longer. "The best praying I ever did was when I was hanging upside down from a telephone pole."

Read more: The Upside Down Kin-Dom - October 4, 2015

The Salt Within Us - September 27, 2015

Mark 9:38-50

Does anyone here know what is the largest organ in the human body? It is not the liver, or the heart, or the lungs. It is skin. Skin covers us from head to toe. Obviously some of us have more of it than others, and for all of us the amount of skin surpasses the size of any other organ.
Skin is amazing. In many ways it is the most vulnerable part of our bodies: misjudge while slicing carrots and you cut your finger; push the lawn mower too close to the rose bush and you scratch your arm; trip over a crack in the sidewalk and you skin your knee. Mosquitoes, wasps, and spiders all bite us on our skin. Most of the time those are minor injuries and they still hurt. Usually our skin heals itself in a matter of days. It is amazingly resilient – stretching as we grow, retracting back after the baby is born or a person loses a lot of weight. Ok, sure, there may be some stretch marks, but not huge flaps of left over skin.
Skin keeps us in, holding blood vessels and tissues. It defines us, be that by ethnicity or family. It is the first defense against disease. At the same time skin is porous. Pharmacists have learned how to give medication through the skin with patches that deliver long term dosages. Skin is truly amazing.

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From Hallelujah to Hello - September 20, 2015

Mark 9:30-37

George Friederich Handel's Hallelujah Chorus is the climax of the Messiah, though it actually comes about two thirds of the way into it and not at the end. The glory of that chorus epitomizes for many of us what Messiah means: King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and he will reign forever and ever. It is surely one of the most popular pieces of classical music ever written. Many people make attendance at a performance of Messiah a regular part of their Christmas celebration.
Ask the average person what Messiah means and I suspect s/he will answer in Handel's words: "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." Messiah means beauty and glory and honor. Right?
Last week in our Gospel reading Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" And Peter answered "You are the Messiah." Jesus responded by predicting that he would undergo great suffering and be killed. Not exactly the king of kings and lord of lords.

Read more: From Hallelujah to Hello - September 20, 2015

Staying In Line - September 13, 2015

Mark 8:27-38

Anyone who has ever led a group of children on a walk of more than about ten feet knows the challenge. Nearly always there are a few children who want to get out in front of the leader. Some want to run, others want to be the leader themselves or at least to be with the leader. Children are forever jostling for position. "Remember, I said to stay behind me," the adult leader chastises again and again.
"Come, follow me," Jesus had said to his disciples. Simon Peter was the first to fall in line along with his brother Andrew. Peter followed Jesus as he taught in parables, healed folks, and multiplied the loaves and the fishes. Peter followed Jesus from the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, up a mountain and back down again. He followed Jesus to non Jewish territory like the region of Tyre and now to the city of Caesarea Philippi, a Roman Colonial presence on the northern fringes of Galilee. It's hard to say for sure just how much time has passed since Jesus first issued that call, but clearly Peter has followed Jesus for a while.

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