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Year C Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Meditation

Zaccheus may have been among the tax collectors at the Baptism of Jesus. Luke 3:12 Jesus met with many tax collectors and publicans during his short three year ministry. In Luke 5:29, a Tax collector named Levi who became the Apostle “Matthew”, made Him a feast in his house with a great company of publicans. In Luke 7:34, Jesus was accused of eating and drinking with publicans. In Luke 15:1, “All of the publicans drew near to hear Him.” It would be difficult to believe Zacchaeus only knew of Jesus; they likely knew each other personally. How did Jesus know who that person was in the tree? After all, He called him by name!  Read more

Year C Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost: When no one is watching, grace lives as if someone is. Think Legalism: “Sins” are immoral acts that cause separation from God. Feel Grace: “Sins” are immoral acts that are caused by separation from God.  Read more

Year C Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost Meditation

The story is a simple one. Two men are in the Temple for prayers, one a Pharisee and the other a Tax collector. The Pharisee prays to himself about how faithful he is. He is not at all like the tax collector. The tax collector merely prays, “Lord have mercy upon me a sinner.” He leaves justified and the other not. The Pharisee is not much different than some in America. They see themselves as religious people. They are rich enough to follow all the laws. However, they do all they can to legalistically not follow the laws. They hate paying taxes and they see themselves as patriots. They are not thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like the tax collecting traitor.  Read more

Year C Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost: If legalism fails, read the grace directions. Think Legalism: “Come” means to move from one place to another. Feel Grace: “Come” means to move from not feeling to feeling.   Read more

Year C Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Meditation

Literal thinking sees this parable as a comparison between and the unjust judge and the God of justice. The parable of the widow and the recalcitrant judge is about the need to always pray and not to lose heart. Literal prayer needs to be persistent. Things to do are to say prayers, sing praise hymns, take communion and go on retreats. The problem is, that is not how it works. You can pray prayers, and not pray, sing praise hymns and not praise, be stuffed with Eucharistic bread or go on retreats and not be in communion with God. If it does not work once, it does not work at all. Jesus likes to quote Isaiah, “In vain you worship me. You worship with your lips but your heart is far from me.”  Read more

Year C Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost: Grace gets you real friends and legalism gets you tough times! Think Legalism: “Watch over” means to see from above. Feel Grace: “Watch over” means to feel from within.  Read more

Year C Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost Meditation

Did you catch the point of this story? Granted there are many minor points. There is the healing of the lepers, the one who came back to give thanks. There is Jesus telling him that his Faith has made him whole. What is the big point? Did you miss it?  Read more

Year C Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost: Never mistake legalism for grace. One wants you to make a living, the other helps you make a life! Think Legalism: “Remember” is to recall the event. Feel Grace: “Remember” is to feel the event.  Read more

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