Homily September 15 2013

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Sep 162013

The Homily as delivered by Reverend Dr. Wayne Fraser on Sunday September 15th 2013 is now available on our website under the Homilies link.

Jesus comforts the Lost sheep on its return.

Jesus comforts the Lost sheep on its return.

You will remember that the context for the gospel text two weeks ago, Luke 14, was a meal “at the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees,” and the entire chapter was connected by the imagery of a meal, a banquet, in fact. Jesus used that social occasion to remind the wealthy and powerful of their obligations to care for the poor. In today’s reading from Luke chapter 15, Jesus is defending himself against further criticism from the Pharisees for eating and drinking with “tax-collectors and sinners.” The rules of the synagogue were very strict about meal practices and about interacting with those considered unclean; the rules were quite exclusive.  Read More

Homily from July 28

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Aug 022013

Luke's Lords PrayerThe Homily from Sunday July 28th, 2013 – Luke’s Lords Prayer is now available through the Homilies link on our website.

The reading today from Luke’s gospel presents us with an older version of our Lord’s prayer; you will notice the differences between the traditional version we recite during worship,
which is closely similar to the version presented in the gospel of Matthew: the simple, unadorned statements in Luke’s version direct attention to what is essential to Jesus, a relationship to God as Father and a commitment to God’s realm.
We must see this portrait of Jesus’ prayer life in the context of the entire passage that we
read this morning. It has three parts: prayer–parable—persistence. The Lord’s prayer followed by the parable of the persistent friend followed by the concluding exhortation to action: ask, seek, knock. And the three parts of the passage are connected by the symbol of bread. 

Note the emphasis throughout the three sections on action verbs:
Your kingdom come
Give us our daily bread
lend me 3 loaves of bread”
ask, seek, knock
if your child asks for bread, will you give him a stone?

Homily from July 21

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Aug 012013

The Homily from Sunday July 21st, 2013 – Cost of Discipleship is now available through the Homilies link on our website.

Cost of DiscipleshipLectionary selections during Ordinary time for next few months examine the nature of discipleship. Certainly today’s readings address that subject, but offer lessons in style as well as content. The allusions in the gospel of Luke to the OT passages remind us that the writers of the NT framed their experience and understanding of Jesus in the language and symbols of their religious heritage. When Luke writes his narrative of Jesus, the OT prophet Elijah figures prominently.

Homily from July 14

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Aug 012013

The Good SamaritanThe Homily from Sunday July 14th, 2013 – Good Samaritan is now available through the Homilies link on our website.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the great stories of the Bible, the essence of Jesus’ teaching, showing as it does the way of the kingdom, with its emphasis on meeting the needs of others, on our common humanity with all people that on earth do dwell. Jesus tells the story to illustrate the Great Commandment of the Law: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” “Who is my neighbour?” the legal mind asks, hoping to set a limit to God’s inclusive injunction.