Stewardship Corner

April 2020

Apr 26

“. . . conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning.”

This reading from the First Letter of Peter is an interesting mashup of several strains of first century Christianity. The author starts by saying we will be judged by our works; the importance of works is stressed by James but Paul insists that we are justified by faith alone. The author then says that we are ransomed by the blood of Christ, a...
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Apr 17

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

One of the things I love about the Gospels is how very ordinary the disciples are. Other than perhaps Matthew the tax collector, they are uneducated, often confused and often slow on the up-take. While the impulsive Peter gets almost all the lines in the synoptics, in John we get glimpses of several disciples, especially Thomas.  In...
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Apr 13

“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, And we don’t know where they put him.”

Mary Madalene, one of the women who followed Jesus from Galilee according to all the Gospels, goes to the tomb as soon as she can on the first day after the Sabbath. The rabbi she followed for three years all over Galilee, Samaria and Judea has been executed by the Romans for sedition to please the temple authorities who hated him for his...
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Apr 6

Who, though he was in the form of God, Did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness.

The Gospel readings today are long, both the Entry Into Jerusalem and the Passion Narrative are very long, too long for me to summarize in a few paragraphs. Fortunately, in the reading from Philippians, St. Paul has done it for us. This is the kenotic hymn, the hymn to our God emptying Godsself for the good of humankind. Creation started from...
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Apr 4

“When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.”

His good friend Lazarus has died, and just to make sure he’s good and dead, Jesus delays his arrival in Bethany for two days. When he finally arrives, Martha rushes out to confront him for his tardiness. This is the Martha who in Luke wanted Jesus to tell Mary to quit listening to him and go help her in the kitchen. Martha, ever the woman...
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