The Rev. Carr Holland meditates on the sightless crowd in Mark 10:46-52: “Part of our spiritual journey is to see, not just to project on God or each other what we desire or what we want, but to see what is compassionate and tender and patient–and on that to to act. And this is miracle, extraordinary in its ordinariness. For we pause and notice each other and act in care.”
A Jewish Sabbath prayer: “Days pass and the years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles. Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing; let there be moments when Your Presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk. Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns unconsumed. And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness, and exclaim in wonder: How filled with awe is this place, and we did not know it!” (Gates of Prayer, 1975)View Sermon
The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista reflects on Mark 10:35-45: “The way of Christ is not simply a matter of getting into an exclusive club. It is a matter of servant leadership and sacrifice, a matter of commitment in the thick of resistance.”View Sermon
I love this Gospel reading. It’s oftentimes referred to as “The Story of the Rich Man.” I have a different title for it though. I call it “The Story of the Second from Last.” What does that mean? Did you ever notice that when we talk to each other, usually the thing you want to talk about is like the second from the last thing you talk about?….
The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista reflects on Job 1:1; 2:1-10: “Before Senator Pastore sat a soft-spoken Presbyterian minister who was convinced of the value of public programming. This man had recently premiered a children’s show with low production value… Before the Senate committee, he articulated his mission as clearly as he did in every one of his shows: ‘if we can only make it clear in public television that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great surface for mental health.'”View Sermon
The Rev. Candy Snively considers James 5:13-20 and the transformative nature of the Lord’s Prayer: “We live in a world all too full of injustice, hunger, malice, and evil. This prayer cries out for justice, bread, forgiveness, and deliverance. When Jesus gave his disciples this prayer, he was giving them part of his own breath, his own life, his own prayers.”View Sermon