Sermon, Stumbling Blocks, Interior Life, Interior Watchfulness, Proper 21B, Mark 9:30-37, Mark 9:38-50

First, Do No Harm – A Sermon On Mark 9:38-50

Jesus is once again asking us to look at ourselves, to be self-reflective. It’s as if he saying to John, “Don’t you worry about that other guy. You worry about yourself.” He’s asking us to look within. The greatest stumbling blocks are not outside us but within us: anger and revenge, the judgments we make of others, prejudice, our desire to get ahead and be number one, the need to be right, our unwillingness to listen, the assumption that we know more and better than another, living as if our way is the only and right way, pride, fear, being exclusionary, our busyness, lies, gossip, our desire for power and control. These, and a thousand other things like them, are what cause others and us to fall.  Continue reading First, Do No Harm – A Sermon On Mark 9:38-50

Epiphany, Wise Men, and Watchfulness

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” (Matthew 2:1-2) I believe, that at some level, we all want to see that star. We want … Continue reading Epiphany, Wise Men, and Watchfulness