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John, the disciple of Jesus and the writer of the 4th Gospel, has a unique style of writing.  In his Gospel, John arranges the words of Jesus and the stories of Jesus’ life in such as way as to highlight the significance of who Jesus is and what he came to do.   His story of Jesus’ life is not necessarily in chronological order, but he places events and words next to each other to give them significance. Continue Reading »

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Ephesians 1:3-14

I watched Mister Rogers as a kid like I’m sure many of you did.  This past week I saw the documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” about the children’s television ministry of Fred Rogers.  Watching the film was a spiritual experience for me and I was deeply moved by several of the scenes . . . including the one I am about to show you. Continue Reading »

Life isn’t fair.

 

This is something fathers often have the unpleasant task of announcing to their kids.  Yeah, things don’t always go our way.  That’s life . . . as we know it. Continue Reading »

We are Jesus’ brothers and sisters.

In our Gospel a big crowd has gathered all around to hear Jesus so that he and the disciples could barely move!  And we are told could not even eat.  Jesus is teaching. Hard things. His detractors are claiming he is possessed by a demon.  It’s crowded and tense. Continue Reading »

The Church year circulates around three major festivals in the church year – three events in the life of Christ: Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.   When we think of Christmas and Easter, we are flooded with all kinds of images, colors, sights, sounds, foods, traditions, and memories.  We know how to celebrate these two feast days. Continue Reading »

The first sentence of our Gospel today can be easily divided into two messages.  One is law and lays out a command.  The other is Gospel and offers a promise.  “Abide in me.”  That’s law.  “I abide in you.”  That’s Gospel!  And that Gospel makes all the difference in understanding what Jesus is saying to us today in this beautiful text from the Gospel of John that is just filled with Gospel promises! Continue Reading »

We learn about Jesus’ burial from the Gospels . . .how Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took the body down from the cross, wrapped it in linens and buried it in a tomb Joseph had bought for himself.  We learn that the tomb was located in a garden . . . and how the women came there early on Easter morning with spices to anoint this body.  All this was done according to Jewish burial laws and customs.

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