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21 July 2024 - Proper 11, Year B

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  Theme This week’s readings remind us that Christ is the Great Shepherd of humanity who loves and protects his flock of sheep. In Mark, Jesus has compassion on the people “because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” In Ephesians, the apostle Paul reminds the Gentiles that they have been welcomed into Christ’s flock. In Jeremiah, God condemns those destroying his sheep and prophesies that God will raise up a Righteous Shepherd to guide God’s people. Psalm 23 reminds us that God is our shepherd and we will lack nothing. Scripture Readings Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 - The disciples tell Jesus what they’ve been up to, all they’ve done and taught. Jesus invites the disciples to withdraw to a quiet place with Jesus to get some rest. They went away to solitary place, but many saw them leaving and followed them. When Jesus saw them, he had compassion on them “because they were like sheep without a shepherd,” and began teaching them many things. Later, Jesus travels by boat to Gannesaret

14 July 2024 - Proper 10, Year B

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Theme This week’s readings speak of how we are called to speak God’s truths, regardless of the response we may get. God is the one who saves and protects us, not worldly powers and authorities. In Mark, King Herod uses his power to kill John the Baptizer who was prophesying in Herod’s “kingdom.” Amos speaks against King Jeroboam and is excommunicated. In Ephesians and the Psalm, we are reminded how we have been adopted as God’s children and how God saves and protects us. Scripture Readings Mark 6:14-29 - The story of John the Baptizer’s death. King Herod sends people to behead John the Baptizer, at the request of his wife. Herod did not want to kill him because he enjoyed listening to him. However, when his daughter danced for Herod and his guests, she pleased them and the king promised her anything she wanted, even half the kingdom. After consulting her mother, the daughter asked for John’s head. The king was grieved, but honored his promises and had John beheaded and delivered

07 July 2024 - Proper 9, Year B

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  Theme This week’s readings speak about some of the opposition and challenges that Christians may face and a reminder that God shows up in our times of need. Jesus says that prophets are not honoured in their own homes. In 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks about the thorn in his flesh and that God’s strength is revealed in his weakness. Ezekiel is called to be a prophet, even though he may not be accepted. The Psalmist cries out for God’s mercy for those who have suffered at the hands of the proud. Scripture Readings Mark 6:1-13 - Jesus preaches in the synagogue in Nazareth. The people are amazed at his wisdom and miracles, but they take offense at him. Jesus claims that a prophet is not honoured in their own home and is amazed at their lack of faith. Jesus teaches in various villages and sends his disciples out with authority. He instructs them to take nothing for the journey and to rely on the hospitality of others. If they are not welcomed, they must leave and not return. The disciples pr

30 June 2024 - Proper 8, Year B

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Theme The theme of this week’s readings is a reminder that we worship a God who lifts people up out of the depths of their sorrows and pains. Lamentations and the Psalm celebrate God’s faithfulness after being restored to joy after periods of mourning. The church in Corinth are reminded of how Jesus became poor so that they could be rich as they are encouraged to do the same for those in need around them. In Mark, Jesus heals a woman who touches his cloak and brings a little girl back to life by saying, “Talitha cum” (little girl, get up). Scripture Readings Lamentations 3:22-23 - A reminder of God’s faithfulness to all that seek him. It is good to suffer persecution and opposition because God is compassionate according to the abundance of his steadfast love. Psalm 30 - A Psalm of praise for God’s faithfulness and restoration after difficult times. “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” God saves us that we may praise God and give thanks to God forev

23 June 2024 - Proper 7, Year B

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This week, we are returning to our weekly Lectionary Reflections based on the prescribed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We are currently in The Season After Pentecost, also known as Ordinary Time. We are in Year B of the Lectionary which focuses on readings from the Gospel of Mark. As we journey through Ordinary Time over the next several months, we will journey through Mark’s action packed Gospel together. Ordinary Time also provides two Old Testament readings and two Psalms to reflect on. For the sake of brevity, we will primarily be using the two readings that link thematically to the Gospel reading. Theme There is a clear theme throughout this week’s readings of God’s faithfulness and salvation in times of distress. In Mark, Jesus calms the storm that caused the disciples much fear. In 2 Corinthians, Paul explains how God has sustained him and blessed others through his many trials and afflictions. In Job, Job is reminded of the greatness of the God whom he worships.

07 April 2024 - Second Sunday of Easter

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  Theme This week’s readings speak about the life and ministry of the Church of Christ. The aims of the church are to preach the Good News of the resurrection, be united and meet the needs of the most vulnerable. All of this is achievable only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of believers. In John, the resurrected Jesus meets with the disciples and breathes his Spirit on them. In 1 John, believers are encouraged to walk in the light and fellowship together so they can be purified of their sin. The Psalm celebrates unity amongst God’s people. In Acts, the early church are united and share everything they have with each other. Scripture Readings John 20:19-31 - The disciples are together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood amongst them, showed them his hands and side and the disciples were overjoyed. He breathed on them and said, “receive the Holy Spirit” and stressed the importance of forgiving people’s sin

11 February 2024 - Transfiguration Sunday, Year B

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  Theme Transfiguration Sunday presents us with two incredible (almost unbelievable) stories. In Mark, Jesus is transfigured on the mountain top and communes with two of the great prophets of Israel: Moses and Elijah. In 2 Kings, Elijah is lifted up and passes on his mantle as Israel’s prophet to Elisha. The symbolism of these two stories presented together reminds us of Jesus’ role as God’s Prophet in the world. Furthermore, the position of the transfiguration in Mark’s Gospel, reminds us that Jesus is a different kind of Messiah than what God’s people were expecting. Scripture Readings Mark 9:2-9 - Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain where he was transfigured before them. His clothes became white and Elijah and Moses appeared and spoke with him. Peter desires to set up three shelters for them. A cloud appeared and covered them and a voice came from the cloud declaring: “This is my Son whom I love, listen to him.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 - Unbelievers who are peris