Archive for the Messages – Year C – Nov 09 – Nov 10 Category

United – All Saints Sunday – Oct 31 2010

Posted in Messages - Year C - Nov 09 - Nov 10 on November 1, 2010 by classicchinny

Luke 6:20-31

Looking at these Beatitudes, I call them Luke’s Beatitudes, although they are definitely Jesus’ words, not Luke’s, how are they different than Matthew’s Beatitudes, the ones that we are more familiar with?


Although the NRSV translation that we read uses the word “woe”, what other words do you think could go in place of “woe”?  Beware? Be careful?


It seems that Jesus is creating two separate boxes and is separating man into two boxes, the blessed and the woed?  Sure seems that way, doesn’t it?  After reading today’s Gospel, who do you think are the blessed and who are the woed?


We like to look at the dichotomy – the black and white – the blessed and the woed.  Are we found guilty today for thinking like the Pharisee praying in the temple we heard about last week?  Do we think, “Thank goodness I am not rich, because now I am blessed!”?  After hearing the Beatitudes, we are probably also guilty of thinking, “Thank goodness I am not like so-so, because he is rich and I am not.”  It is easy for us to use the Beatitudes to condemn – to shake our finger at the world and say, “Jesus will bless those who are poor, hungry, mourning and those who are persecuted, that’s us the Christians, but good luck to those of you who are rich, full and laughing because God is gonna get ya.”  And in the back of our mind, we love the Beatitudes because we feel we get blessed. But the Beatitudes are not a litmus test, they aren’t to condemn or to allow us to judge.

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Moving the Mustard Seed – C Pentecost 19 – Oct 3 2010

Posted in Messages - Year C - Nov 09 - Nov 10 on October 3, 2010 by classicchinny

Luke 17:5-10

Ahh, the mustard seed: Jesus uses this small and ordinary seed to teach about faith and the glory of God.

The mustard seed parable is one of our favourite lessons on faith from Jesus because we love the dramatic.  In Matthew, Jesus says to his disciples, “…if you have faith of the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  Today in Luke, Jesus uses a mulberry tree, rather than a mountain, and sounds a little more critical of the disciples than He did in Matthew. Continue reading

Means to an End – C Pentecost 17 – Sept 19 2010

Posted in Messages - Year C - Nov 09 - Nov 10 on September 29, 2010 by classicchinny

Luke 16:1-13

This morning we find a dishonest manager being commended for his shrewd acts.  Did Luke just record this parable and slip it in to see if we were awake?  Is God laughing at us as we try to figure this out?  Of course not, but are we to believe that God wants us to act as the dishonest manager?

Applauding the bad guy is not a new thing.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid called on audiences to cheer for the bad guys, rather than the posse sent to capture them.  Remember Smokey and the Bandit?  The Bandit and the Snowman made a cross-continent trip hauling beer and fending off the no-good sheriff to be successful.  Wait a second – no good sheriff?  It is funny how our support can be manipulated by a story line.

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Undercover Boss – C Easter 3 – Apr 18 2010

Posted in Messages - Year C - Nov 09 - Nov 10 on April 19, 2010 by classicchinny

May the words of my lips and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable and pleasing to you O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.  Amen.

Two weeks ago, as I heard the Gospel, I was reminded of a recent television series.  The Easter Sunday Gospel was from Luke 24 and begins at the tomb, where the women learn that Jesus had risen and ran back to the disciples to inform them.  Peter then runs to the tomb and confirms the news.  Continue reading

Urgent to Repent – Lent 3C – Mar 7 2010

Posted in Messages - Year C - Nov 09 - Nov 10 on March 15, 2010 by classicchinny

The 1931 floods in China had over a million victims as a multitude of horrible weather patterns hit the country including 7 cyclones and two feet of rain was recorded at weather stations.  Listed as the worst natural disaster in history according to Wikipedia, the death toll is staggering.  What did these people do wrong?  Were they sinful?  Did they make God angry?  What did they do to make God so angry with them?

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Prove It – Lent 1C – Feb 21 2010

Posted in Messages - Year C - Nov 09 - Nov 10 on March 15, 2010 by classicchinny

As Jesus finishes his 40 days in the wilderness, the devil finds Him when He is weak.  Thirsty, famished and emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually exhausted.  Jesus had just been baptized where His identity has been revealed to us as God’s Son the beloved and that same Spirit that descended on Him like a dove led him into the wilderness.  The devil tests him three times, once to turn a rock to bread to satisfy His hunger, once to  give him the kingdoms of the world to satisfy the human side of Jesus and its desire for power and once to throw himself off the pinnacle of the temple to prove that He is the Son of God.  I can just see it, the devil taunting Jesus.  “If you’re so power and magical turn this rock to bread.  Come on your hungry aren’t you?  Turn this stone to bread.  What can’t you do it?  Prove it.”  Continue reading

The Company – Epiphany 5C – Feb 7 2010

Posted in Messages - Year C - Nov 09 - Nov 10 on March 15, 2010 by classicchinny

Peter made his living in the sales department of a major advertising company in the centre of the huge metropolis.  Peter always managed to get just enough work done so that his supervisors couldn’t complain about his work ethic or socializing.  The first to leave and the last to arrive, he wasn’t the most ambitious employee; he was not the apple of his supervisor’s eye, but he did just enough so that he wasn’t a speck in his supervisor’s eye either.
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