Sunday, June 24, 2012 — Nativity of St. John The Baptist — Luke 1:57-67
In 1998 Spencer Johnson publish his amazingly popular book “Who Moved My Cheese.” It remained a bestseller for over 5 years. People still quote it. The book is a playful little parable on change, involving two mice and two “little people” and their hunt for cheese. “Who Moved my Cheese” shows us that change is constant. However, we are afraid to change and find all kinds of reasons not to change. Failing to change in a world of constant change is choosing to die.The book has been a favorite of business leaders for teaching their organizations about change. It reveals that most of us instinctively resist change. It is easy to get comfortable and settled in our routines. However, if your business does not change, you will die.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 — Pentecost 3B — Mark 4:26-34
There is nothing like a good joke. We all enjoy a good laugh. We even have text language for it: LOL. When we get the joke, we simply want to enjoy it . . . and LOL.Likewise, nothing ruins a good joke by having to explain it. At the risk of ruining a good joke, I am going to explain the jokes that are at the heart of the two parables in today’s Gospel. Yes, parables are jokes. The key to every parable is a punch line. It will make us LOL. A joke works when we experience a surprise, something we never expected. We can see that even in a simple “knock-knock” joke. For example, “Knock, Knock. . . . Who’s there? . . . Cash. . . . Cash who? . . . . No thanks but I would like some peanuts?” The punch line is unexpected. We did not expect that this “Knock. Knock” was about nuts.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012 — Pentecost 3B — Genesis 3:8-15
I never knew my father’s parents, William and Emma. However, I have this old tattered snapshot of them sitting on the front porch of their house in Richmond Heights, Missouri. My grandfather’s large, rough hands are folded on his knees. They are the hands of a man who spent most of his working life as a shoemaker. How odd? Are there any shoemakers in this country any more? His wife sitting at his side seems like a total stranger. Both died long before I was born. However, I see some of myself in their eyes. I also see the eyes of my brothers and my children. I see a pious German-Lutheran couple both naturalized Americans, who were so proud that their son, my father, had decided to go into the ministry of the church. I think of myself . . . and that my ancestors still live on in me.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012 — Holy Trinity —
We humans always want to reverse God’s relationship to the world. We want God to be professional in the way that we want to be professional. We fear being dependent on anyone or anything. Success means that we have the power, money and strength to be independent, able to control our own lives, to live and do the things we want to do without having to worry about anyone else.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012 — Day of Pentecost — John 15:26-27; 17:4b-15
The legal profession has always been a lightning rod of controversy and a source of contention. William Shakespeare in his play Henry VI once recommended that we ought to kill all the lawyers for all the harm they do. Much of the criticism and ridicule that is directed at lawyers is unfair. It reflects more the distortion of a stereotype than the truth of reality. Who of us, if we were in trouble, would not want a lawyer? If we were the target of an unfair accusation, would not be grateful to say, “See my lawyer?” Today we celebrate the birth of the church on that first Pentecost when (according to our First Reading from the book of Acts) in the midst of tongues of fire, the sound of a rushing wind and miracle of many languages the Holy Spirit was poured upon Jesus’ disciples. In today’s Gospel Jesus calls that Holy Spirit . . . a lawyer.
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