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Jesus’ Family Mark 3:19b-21; 31-35

The thing is that families are aggravating, and so was Jesus’ family. They wanted to restrain him, they wanted not to be embarrassed by him, they wanted him not to be hurt, they wanted him to answer their calls and … Continue reading

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Children of Syria — Mark 10:13-16 (out of order and not about baptism)

Children are running and crying in Eastern Ghouta beneath Bashar al Assad’s rockets, barrel bombs, mortar fire, in this last rebel suburb of Damascus. They are held in arms — bleeding red against the agony of parents. UN Secretary General … Continue reading

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Sabbath Mark 2:23-3:6

On presidents day Jesus was walking through Washington and as they made their way, the teenagers lay down to rest in front of the White House for three minutes the same time it took a shooter to kill seventeen in … Continue reading

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Fasting Mark 2: 18-21

Fasting is not my one-day-at-a-time sobriety, or what my friends are doing who have said good-bye to heroin or gambling, hello to a plan of eating, admitted to being powerless over online pornography or shopping. Those are a one-day-at-a-time wedding … Continue reading

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Prayers for Cyclone Gita in Aotearoa / New Zealand

For those on water, for those who must travel, for those going in labor with a child passing from this world, caring for the ill or the fearful, for those with memories of winds past, for those who must go … Continue reading

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Cutting in Line Mark 2: 12 (also 1: 21-34; 40-5)

They are cutting in line – you can just hear the murmurs, under the breath because being in a waiting room is when everyone thinks about how very sick they are, or their child, friend, parent. That’s just what they … Continue reading

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Calling, Mark 1: 16-20; 2: 13-17

(I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners. Mark 2:17b) There is a story about lonely, unmended nets stretched on the rocks, left like a father watching children set off dirty on the adventure of their lives, hoping … Continue reading

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