October 26, 2021
What would you do if you couldn’t fail? What mission would
you attempt or what venture would you risk? All great
questions, because they get us thinking, stretch our vision
and stir our imagination. But as great as they are, maybe
they are not the right questions to ask because we know
there will be failure. There just will.
In light of those questions we turn to our reading this
morning from Mark’s gospel. The question here to ask is,
what would you be willing to try if the attempt itself was
worth it regardless of whether or not we succeeded. This
seems to be a big part of what the reading is about. Would
you, like Bartimaeus in today’s reading shout out for healing
even though the people around you try to shush you into
silence? Could it be that Bartimaeus was so used to failure and disappointment that he saw
no reason not to at least try one more time?
Or perhaps faithfulness itself is defined by trusting God enough to dare impossible deeds?
October 20, 2021
In a sermon delivered many years ago by Martin Luther
King Jr. he quoted Jesus’ words from the gospel of Mark
about servanthood. Then he said, “Everybody can be great,
because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a
college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your
subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to
know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. . . . You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
When Jesus’ disciples quarrelled about who would get the places of honour in heaven, he told them: “Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43- 45).
October 10, 2021
The reading this week comes from the gospel of Mathew. Here Jesus urges the disciples and all of us to look around. Jesus points to the vastness of God’s gifts and pushes us to remember that God will take care of it all, so don’t worry, be grateful. Nothing is worth worrying about, for it is all in God’s hands and God will give us what we need.
So perhaps we need only step outside and gaze at the sky, the still green grass, the now emptying trees, to be reminded of the gift Jesus offers now in pointing to God’s tender care for all that is
October 10, 2021
The reading this week comes from the gospel of Mark. It begins with a dialogue on divorce but then the focus is on the children in Jesus’ time. The children were expendable in the first century. To some they were just nuisances and nobodies. In this encounter Jesus’ companions want to silence them. Instead though Jesus blesses them. It appears that Jesus was trying to point out that welcoming the children, that is the vulnerable, those at risk and those in need is what matters most in God’s kingdom. This whole passage is about community.