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Today in the Spirit: Proper 11B

Posted on July 14, 2024
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This Sunday, in Proper 11B, we continue our liturgical walk with Jesus in Mark’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. This is one of the few pre-Crucifixion incidents in Jesus’ ministry that appears in all four Gospels, and in Year B of the lectionary, it is scheduled so that we hear it twice…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 10B

Posted on July 7, 2024
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In the Sunday lectionary, there is significant coverage of Jesus’ instructions to the apostles sent out on mission as recorded in the Gospels. In Year A, for three Sundays, we hear consecutive sections of Matthew 10 (a significant teaching discourse in Matthew on principles of missionary conduct). In Year B, Proper 10, the shorter version…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 9B

Posted on June 30, 2024
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The common theme found in the assigned readings for Proper 9B is the dangers of speaking up for the Lord in answer to a prophetic calling. The church moves us forward in Mark’s narrative of Jesus’ ministry to Mark 6:1-6, the brief account (paralleled in Matthew 13:54-58) of a ministry stop of our Lord in…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 8B

Posted on June 23, 2024
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Sometimes, in the three-year lectionary cycle, there is the opportunity for a Stewardship Sunday built right into the schedule of readings. This week is an example of that, though, oddly, it is not the Gospel reading taking the lead. Proper 8B is one of a few instances in the post-Pentecost ordinary season where we can…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 7B

Posted on June 16, 2024
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At Proper 7B, we continue with Mark’s version of the events in Jesus’ early ministry in Galilee. Mark 4:35-41(5:1-20) gives us the narrative of Jesus stilling a storm as he and his disciples are in transit across the lake, and as an optional addition, the story of a man possessed by multiple demons on the…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 5B

Posted on June 2, 2024
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At this early stage in the post-Pentecost ordinary season, we continue tracking Jesus through his early months of ministry in and around Capernaum of Galilee. For Proper 5B, the assigned Gospel reading out of Mark 3:20-35 gives us what appears to be two important teachings of Jesus delivered in one day: the first to religious…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 4B

Posted on May 26, 2024
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In our walk with Jesus through the lectionary year, the “ordinary” (numbered) season “After Pentecost” generally begins with Gospel selections highlighting the teachings and events of our Lord’s life after the calling of the disciples (the calling itself being featured in Epiphany). As the Gospel of Mark exposes the reader early on to Jesus’ conflict…

Today in the Spirit: Trinity Sunday B

Posted on May 19, 2024
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The Church of England, from its beginning, established Trinity Sunday as a principal feast on the church calendar, the Sunday following Pentecost Sunday (Whitsunday), and before the Sundays that followed during the long “ordinary” (numbered) phase of Sundays After Pentecost (or After Trinity). The assigned readings for Trinity Sunday are different in each of the…

Today in the Spirit: Pentecost Sunday B (Whitsunday)

Posted on May 12, 2024
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“Pentecost Sunday already!?” While this might well be our reaction to the arrival of this feast day on the church calendar every year, we can only imagine how the disciples felt when Jesus ordered them to go to Jerusalem and wait until you are clothed with power from on high  (Luke 24:49). As they gathered…