Archive for November, 2012

John 18:33-37

November 26, 2012

As far as the church calendar goes, we could call this New Year’s Eve, because next Sunday will be the first Sunday of the new year.  Since 1925 today has been designated “Christ the King” Sunday.  It marks the culmination of Jesus’ life journey, a kind of summing up: what did his life finally amount to?  On this day our faith replies: Jesus became the king of kings. (more…)


Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

November 12, 2012

These readings were on my mind when Hurricane Sandy hit.  Often people see in a devastating event, such as Sandy, a punishment for sin.  “Why, among all the houses in my neighborhood, did a tree crush my house?  Why was I singled out?”  And then… this may follow: “God must be punishing me.”  Since the reading from Hebrews invites us to think about sin, I want to address this issue of sin and punishment. (more…)