St. Peter’s Fish: Proper 9, Year A

Matthew 17:24-27; Romans 13:1-10

It seems that the temple tax collectors challenged Peter about whether Jesus and his followers paid the tax.  All Judean males were required to pay a tax beginning at age 20 to support the temple in Jerusalem (Exodus 30:11-16).  Peter claims that Jesus does pay the tax, but Jesus seems to . . . → Read More: St. Peter’s Fish: Proper 9, Year A

Transfiguration – It’s never too late: Proper 8 Year A

Matthew 17:1-23; 2 Corinthians 10-12 (Paul’s Fools Speech), various

Because of the moon-based Easter calendar, Christendom skips Matthew 7 (4th, 5th, and 6th Sundays after Epiphany) and 9 and picks up on 10. Matthew 8 is never read (see 7th and 8th Sundays in Epiphany 2011).  Even though this is an unusual Year A, with . . . → Read More: Transfiguration – It’s never too late: Proper 8 Year A

One in the Spirit: Trinity Sunday

Matthew 16:13-28; Romans 6:5-11

This commentary is going directly through Matthew without regard for the traditional Christian liturgical year, so will not skip to the end of the gospel to Jesus’ “great commission” to “make followers of all peoples . . . ][and] baptize them in the name of the Father and the son and . . . → Read More: One in the Spirit: Trinity Sunday

Liturgy For A Celebration of Pentecost

Servetus Society Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Servetus Society at UUCF is a chapter of Unitarian Universalist Christians.  Michael Servetus (1509 or 1511-October 27, 1553), was a Spaniard martyred in the Reformation for his criticism of the doctrine of the trinity and his opposition to infant baptism; he has . . . → Read More: Liturgy For A Celebration of Pentecost

Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees! 7th Sunday in Eastertide

Matthew 15:21-39; 16:1-12; Acts 1:6-14

This section of Matthew seems to be dealing with bread, belief, signs, and wonders.  Chapter 15:21-28 features Matthew’s version of Mark’s vignette of the Canaanite woman whom Jesus at first declines to pay any attention to at all.  She is a foreigner.  “I was sent only to the lost sheep . . . → Read More: Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees! 7th Sunday in Eastertide