A New Covenant

Readings  Jeremiah 31:27-34; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8. +  Traditionally in history a covenant is considered to be a solemn agreement between two parties. In law it has a similar meaning but recognizes a special agreement above and beyond that contained in an existing agreement. This is most obvious in real Estate law where a…

A great cloud of witnesses

Readings Daniel 7:1-5, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-13; Luke 6:20-31. + Today we celebrate the feast of “All Saints’” which is set aside by the church to remember all of the faithful people who have gone before us and by whose example we may be strengthened in our own faith. The celebration of the day…

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”

Readings RCL: book26:1-11; Book 10:8b-13; Book 4:1-13. The feast of Michael and all Angels 29 September. + “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” was the first of many quotes that come to my mind when I think of angels. I was surprised to find that it was not actually written by Elvis! It…

Like Clay in the Potter’s Hands

Readings RCL: Jeremiah 18:1–12; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 + The image of the potter as God and us as clay is one of the most poignant and striking in both the Old and New Testaments. Jeremiah first intended it as a message to the wayward people of Judah. “In the potter’s house Jeremiah reflects on the…

Chickens and the Joneses

Readings: Jeremiah:2: 4-13-7; Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14 On the surface, Jesus’ words in this passage make sense at face value: it is good manners to be humble and wait to be invited before assuming more importance than you deserve. This is not an unimportant message but it if we try and examine it with…