Sunday, April 29, 2018

5th Sunday of Easter

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Jesus offers us a beautiful and intricate image of the vine and branches in today’s reading from the Good News of John.  Living here in the Pacific Northwest, many of us have seen grape vines. Some of us even prune and tend grape vines - and know intimately the how the branches grow from the vine.  How to prune so that the branches produce the most fruit.

Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you.  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me” (John 15:4).

Sunday, April 22, 2018

4th Sunday of Easter

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Baa.  You might have guessed from the themes running through this morning’s lessons – it’s Good Shepherd Sunday.  On the 4th Sunday of Easter every year, we talk about sheep and shepherds.  We hear how Jesus is the Good Shepherd, whose sheep know his voice.  And we are the sheep, for whom the good shepherd lays down his life.
Being a shepherd is no easy task – your sheep are your life and your livelihood - if they die, so do you.  You have to protect them from predators, make sure they have enough to eat and drink, and tend to them when they are sick.  Shepherds give, sustain and restore life for their sheep; they are stewards of their sheeps’ lives. As sheep of the Good Shepherd, we, too, are stewards of life, and not just our own lives, but all life.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Day

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Mary, he says. That one, familiar word stops her short. Tears of despair and grief still wet on her face. Her eyes, a little blinded by the white of the angels in the tomb, finally focus on the gardener. She knows that voice. It’s Jesus! He is alive!
And she’s crying again – this time with relief and joy. She reaches to hug him, to feel the solidness of him. “Do not hold on to me,” he says, “for I have not yet ascended. Go, tell my brothers and sisters, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (Jn 20:17). And she rushes to tell the other disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” (Jn 20:18).