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Ember Saturday, Advent 3 – Matthew 9:35-10:15

ShareMatthew 9:35-10:15 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” The compassion of Jesus never fails to move me to compassion.  I want to see what He and feel what He felt, and what He saw was a multitude […]

December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Advent 3 – 2 Corinthians 5:5–21

Share Christ was born of flesh that we might be born of the Spirit. This is the message this morning, as the birth pangs of Christmas and miracle of the Incarnation come even closer to us.  St. Paul doesn’t deal directly with the Incarnation here in 2 Corinthians 5, but in the context of the […]

December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Advent 3 – Mark 6:1-6

ShareMark 6:1-6 As we approach our celebration of God made man in Jesus Christ, I find that this little passage in Mark 6 is a wonderful picture of the mystery of God made man. Although by the beginning of Mark 6 we have already seen ample evidence that Jesus is God, we see it here […]

December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Advent 3 (Ember Wednesday) – Luke 12:35-48

ShareLuke 12:35-48 Why the sudden change today from St. Mark to St. Luke in today’s lesson?  Because today is marked out in the Church year as an Ember Day, more specifically Ember Wednesday before Christmas.  Advent is often seen as a “Little Lent” in which we prepare for the feast of Christmas, and so the […]

December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Advent 3 – Mark 5:21-43

ShareMark 5:21-43 This morning I’m a woman with a flow of blood.  I’ve suffered with this terrible problem for 12 years. It’s funny the stages we go through whenever we have a big problem.  First, there is the developing recognition of the problem, and then the hope that it is really nothing.  Then comes the […]

December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Advent 3 – Mark 5:1-20

ShareMark 5:1-20 Good morning, my name was Legion.  So far in Mark I’ve been a fisherman and tax collector, a brother of Jesus Christ, a leper, and a paralytic.  Today I am a demon-possessed man. Without Christ, we are like a demon-possessed man, even though very few are actually ever possessed.  We lead shattered lives […]

December 14, 2014 | 2 Comments More

Saturday of Advent 2 – Mark 4:30-41

ShareMark 4:30-41 After several parables about how the Kingdom of God grows, Jesus returns to doing miracles.  This time He demonstrates that He is God by rebuking the wind and commanding the sea to be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Who can this be, that even the wind and […]

December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Advent 2 – Mark 4:21-29

ShareMark 4:21-29 Today, Jesus continues His teaching on how the Kingdom grows, which is to say the process of discipleship.  The secret to the Kingdom of God and its mysterious and wonderful growth is the growth of the Church, which is to say the growth of Christians, which is to say discipleship: “The Kingdom of […]

December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Advent 2 – Mark 4:1-20

ShareMark 4:1-20 How appropriate that the parable of the sower and the seed occurs in the week of the Second Sunday of Advent.  The Book of Common Prayer collect (prayer for the week) is: “Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise […]

December 10, 2014 | 2 Comments More

Wednesday of Advent 2 – Mark 3:20-34

ShareMark 3:20-34 Today’s lesson is a lesson about family. What is a family?  We all know the answer to this question, but at its heart a family is a group of people who are related to one another.  The most immediate kind of family is, of course, the biological families we live in.  But the […]

December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More