Doubting often gets a bad rap in the church. I think that's a real shame--because as you'll hear, some pretty important people doubted at a pretty pivotal time in the life of the Christian faith. So, I say, go ahead and doubt.....but keep seeking, even as you doubt.
Gospel reading: Matthew 28:16-20
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..... those familiar words to Psalm 23 are part of our focus today. But notice the pronouns in that phrase...my, I. When we visualize walking with Jesus the shepherd, it's often just you and Jesus. But the gospel calls us to be inclusive, to invite others to know God's love. Who are you called to invite?
Gospel reading: John 10:1-10
Why does Jesus choose to ride a donkey on Palm Sunday? A horse would certainly be more majestic; a camel would imply being part of wealthy caravan; even an ibex has a hint of the exotic. But a stubborn, independent, homely creature? What does Jesus choice say about him and about us?
Gospel reading: Mark 11:1-11
Ever feel overwhelmed? Beyond stressed? Sure that everything is completely and totally falling apart? Yes, the Psalm writer has been there too. The writer found help in remembering God's steadfast love. Listen to what a difference that made for the writer, and perhaps, for you too.
Old Testament reading: Psalm 130
Seeking to be an authentic Christian can be, indeed most days it is, a challenge. What does God want me to do with.....or about that........ Here Jesus adds another layer of complexity to God's commandments. Why? To drive us to the cross, to remind us that without God's love and forgiveness found there, we can do nothing.
Gospel reading: Matthew 5:21-37
What does Jesus ask us, his disciples, to do? Here, in this text from Matthew, Jesus announces that we are the light of the world. With that gift comes a responsibility to let our light shine before others.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 13-20
What does God really want from us human beings? The prophet Micah phrases it this way, "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God". Let's share stories of people we know who have done this...maybe somewhat imperfectly. And in sharing these stories, we help people to see that walking with God can be done...and by regular people...like you and like me.
Readings: Micah 6:1-8, I Corinthians 1:25-31