Casting out demons and devils

That evening, at sundown, they brought to Jesus all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons May I speak ………………… I remember once trying to lead Sunday night Compline from the […]

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God’s Goad

“Saul, Saul (…) It hurts you to kick against the goads.” I had to read that line several times, just to make sure it was saying what I thought it said. I asked myself: Why, in the middle of such a grandiose speech from on high, would God throw in such a colloquial, everyday expression, […]

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The Third Sign of Epiphany

“Woman, what does that have to do with you or with me?” Before I can talk about anything else, I have to address Jesus’ tone – a tone that if my son took with me or I took with my mother…well, it would result in more direct feedback than Jesus seemed to receive. Which is […]

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Leaving the Control in God’s hands

John the Baptist was right.  Jesus did not have to do it.  He did not have to be baptized.  But he chose to. The story of the Baptism of Jesus is found in all four gospels—though, as you might expect, one finds a rather different version in the Gospel of John, where there’s only a […]

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Three wise men, or not

The Three Wise Men were not particularly wise, nor were they necessarily men, and there might not have been only three of them or even three of them.   They were not kings, they may not have ridden camels. They didn’t follow a star and they didn’t find Jesus in a stable, or in a cave […]

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