Archive for September, 2015|Monthly archive page

Back On Track: Diversity

Some early followers of Jesus didn’t like the fact that there were other people having their own miraculous experiences. It’s not always easy to get along with people who aren’t part of ‘your group,’ but, as Jesus explains, that’s kind of the point, so we’d better get used to it.
Readings: Number 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50

 

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Back On Track: Humility

Regardless of how we define success, Jesus has his own definition and isn’t about to let us get away with anything less.  In a world where we are constantly encouraged to take care of “number one”, Jesus reminds us who will really end up coming in first.

Readings: Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7,8a; Mark 9:30-37

Back On Track: Identity

Our understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him is key to a life of faith.  Once we grasp what he came to do, our identity becomes wrapped up in his identity, and there’s no telling where that will lead.

Readings:  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-9; James 3: 1-12; Mark 8:27-38

Playing Favourites

In the world of ice cream flavours, we all have our favourites!  In the world of relationships, playing favourites is not a good thing.  All of this week’s lectionary readings remind us that, in contrast to most cultures’ tendency to cater to the privileged and marginalize the disadvantaged, God longs for people who will counter that trend.  Extending mercy, pursuing justice, and loving redemptively are among God’s favourite things for us to do.  Let’s play God’s favourites.

Readings: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Isaiah 35:4-7a; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37