Season after Pentecost | 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Ezekiel 2:1-5 (Psalm 123); 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 (Psalm 48)
Once I finished working with this week’s gospel text, I went back into my files to see how many times I’ve managed to preach on it in my seven circuits through the lectionary. I found that I’ve missed it more often than not—no surprise there, as it falls at a convenient time of year for that. And when I have preached on it, the sermon has always been on one half of the text or the other—either on the scene in the Nazareth synagogue or on the sending of the disciples. I have never written a sermon that dealt with both stories.
by Douglass KeyJuly 2, 2012
by Douglass KeyJune 26, 2012
The closest I get to the kind of religious experience the apostle Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 12 is the occasional Sunday when the music and the congregation merge in worship that is unrestrained praise. I especially enjoy communion, since the Eucharist itself is designed to anticipate heaven. With our sins confessed and forgiven, peace made and prayers prayed, we experience an unusual unity with God and with each other. It’s a taste of paradise.