Afraid and Amazed

Afraid and Amazed

Saint Femmes painting by Denis

Afraid and Amazed: No Idle Tale

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for…

Palm Sunday: A Holy Procession

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord…

Afraid and Amazed: Named and Unnamed

(a translation by Prof. Amy-Jill Levine) And some person was wealthy, and he dressed in purple and linen, feasting daily, splendidly. And some poor person, named Lazarus, was lying by his gates, being covered with sores. And he as wishing to be fed from the things falling from the tables of the wealthy, but instead the dogs, approaching, were licking his sores. And it happened that when died the poor man and he was brought by the angels into the…

Amazed and Afraid: Finding the Way Home

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And…

Afraid and Amazed: Doing the Right Thing

Reading through Luke’s Gospel is like stepping into a flowing stream; the water has been moving along long before you’ve arrived, and it comes from a source sight unseen. The stories in Luke function as stepping stones, guides for us to know where we’re going and to help us cross safely and securely. There is a deeper rhyme and reason to the way the stories are organized and told in Luke’s gospel than we are generally aware. The first stepping…

Afraid and Amazed: Healed by Jesus

One Sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but…

Afraid and Amazed: Called by Jesus

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from…

Afraid, Amazed and Baptized

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather…