Come, Eat, Taste Again Your Salvation

“The gospel of Luke bounces from table to table, meal to meal, and while the details are omitted, I cannot help filling them in with my imagination. You can smell the smoke from the fish. Candlelight reflects off the slick oil in a bowl on the table. Bread is broken. There is wine in cups.

Why did Luke take such pains to include food at every turn in his gospel? Luke wants us to know that this Jesus is the same Jesus who died, who was buried, who has returned—changed yes, but still the same, wounded, hungry, and yearning to be with his people.”

Lenten Devotional: John 11:45–53

by the Very Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson Many of the Jews who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, “What […]

Lenten Devotional: John 8:1–11

by the Very Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson Early in the morning Jesus came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said […]

Drifting Apart

“It never ceases to amaze me how easily the church, even our beloved Episcopal Church, slips into a kind of legalism, using scripture to lend credence to creating even more rules and rubrics, higher walls and thicker barriers, in a world already drifting apart, especially when all we crave is community, connection, and healing. We yearn to come together!”

Lenten Devotional: Mark 10:13-16

by the Very Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson Also, women and men were bringing him children so that he might hold them and the disciples rebuked them. Yet when Jesus saw he became angry and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not prevent them. For to such ones the reign of God belongs. […]

Lenten Devotional: Mark 7:24

by the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson the MOTHER OF ALL cares for the stranger,orphan and widow she bears up Mark 7:24, from A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church I have learned many good lessons about caring from my mother and from the mothers in my life. So often the language of our faith has centered […]

Lenten Devotional: Matthew 20:26-28

by Jered Weber-Johnson “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just […]

Lenten Devotional: Luke 6:30-31

by Jered Weber-Johnson “Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:30-31 Every winter our family creates kindness bags, little packets with gloves, socks, granola bars, chapstick, and other bits of […]

Lenten Devotional: Matthew 5: 23-24

by the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson “So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5: 23-24 I […]

Sparks of Connection

“The spiritual greats of our faith tradition tell us that fasting is an opportunity to draw closer to God. In giving something up for a short season, we create necessary space to focus new or renewed attention on our connection with God. I wish I could say this has worked for me. But, more often than not, when I am fasting, I seem to become more keenly aware of my appetites, my hunger, my grumbling stomach or my fuzzy decaffeinated brain. So, how is it that we cultivate space for God? Or, more importantly, how do we cultivate the desire to find our way across the gulfs between us and the one who made us?”

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