The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.07.15 Ethics and Ethos The Gospel for today tell us about the ethos and ethics of the early church. It weaves a little bit of mythology into the narrative, and the Gospel writers use that mythology to bolster their claim to an authority over the church which they […]Read more "A Homily – Mark 6:7-13 ©"
The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.07.08 Faith and Power The gospel reading for today suggests that there are limits to Jesus’ power. “He could work no miracles there,” the people in his home town would not accept him. He left feeing despised, by most if not all. Of course we know that his mother, […]Read more "A Homily – Mark 8:1-6 ©"
The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.07.01 Faith and Power The Gospel for today is a lesson on faith. It is steeped in stories of divine power and magic, but it is really about faith, faith which means trust. It is a call to all people who suffer, it is an encouragement to hope, […]Read more "A Homily – Mark 5:21-43 ©"
The Gospel According to Luke – 2018.06.24 Narrative and Myth The Gospel for today is quaint. It demonstrates that the leaders of the early church, writing about a hundred years or so after the death of Jesus, and thirty years or so after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, that they felt a […]Read more "A Homily – Luke 1:57-66, 88 ©"
The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.06.17 Parables and Propaganda Jesus taught with parables, using analogy and metaphors, I think this must be true. This is not because Jesus wanted to keep the truth from the people, or because he wanted to cloak the secrets of the universe in mystery, but because the subjects: […]Read more "A Homily – Mark 4:26-34 ©"
The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.06.10 The Unity of the Church The gospel reading for today purports to answer a questions concerning the authority of Jesus to cast out demons and devils. Set aside for a moment that we do not live in a world populated by demons and devils. We live in […]Read more "A Homily – Mark 3:20-35 ©"
The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.06.03 The Sabbath was Made for Man The homily for today is cautionary tale. On the one hand it serves as an indictment of the people who plotted against Jesus, those who desired to see an end to his ministry and who plotted his murder. On the other […]Read more "A Homily – Mark 2:23-3.6 ©"