July 5, 2020: Want to Change Your Burdens?…..just ‘Yoking’!
Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom & intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer…. read more here
6 Pentecost A – July 11, 2020: How’s your Soil?
In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear. Read more here
July 18, 2020: A Moral drilling or Gracious Living
Jesus tells a parable about the coexistence of good and evil in this world. God’s judgment will remove all evildoers and causes of sin, but not until the end of human history. Read more
July 26, 2020: A String of Pearls
Matthew “strings” together several parables/sayings of Jesus in this passage. In fact, a favorite method of Rabbinic teaching was to share a “String of Pearls.” Read more
August 2, 2020: A Movement in the Guts, in the Hands and in the World
This is a story of a miracle, but which miracle? The obvious answer is the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, but there is perhaps another miracle here. Matthew places this story in a section of the gospel about training the disciples for their mission, so perhaps Jesus is teaching them about what they can do. Read more
August 9, 2020: When You’re Pushed out of the Boat
This story is in a section on instructing the disciples about their mission. It is a story of miracles – there is no limit to what God can do – and of the power of faith: the disciples can do the seemingly impossible if they have sufficient faith. Read more