Dying to Live: A Parable in Pixar (Lent 5, Year B)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year B
March 29, 2009

John 12:20-33

Grace, Mercy and Peace be to you, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Letter to the Hebrews begins with this famous line,
"Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 
but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son."
I’m convinced that God speaks to us primarily through his Son,
and most evidently through the church and its ministry of Word and Sacrament.
But . . . but I’m also convinced that God is at work beyond these walls, too,
speaking to us Gospel messages and giving us glimpses of his Kingdom 
through the popular culture, through various events and circumstances, 
through the stuff of our daily life.

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The Church is a Messy Emergency Ward (Lent 2, Year B)

The Second Sunday in Lent, Year B
March 8, 2009
Mark 8:31-38

In the name of Jesus, who underwent great suffering, who was rejected, and who was killed.  Amen.

I’m intrigued by the split between private and public in today’s Gospel reading . . .
The passage opens with Jesus describing what will happen to him –
    suffering,
    rejection by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
    and then his own death.
Not quite cheerful stuff.
Not quite “shout from the rooftops,” “Go tell it on the mountain” material.
And yet, despite the unpleasant nature of this news,
    the Scripture tells us that Jesus says these things “quite openly.”

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