Epiphanies

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 9:2-10

Jesus’ status as Messiah is confirmed by the divine testimony that he is God’s beloved Son (9:7) and is anticipated by the shining white garments of Jesus. The three that see the transfiguration are also those who witnessed the healing of Jairus’s daughter (5:37) and will witness his agony in Gathsemane (14:33). Although this group of disciples have seen the healing and the transfiguration, they do not seem to demonstrate exceptional insight or fidelity.

The transfiguration story is a form of an epiphany, a sudden manifestation of the divine and when humans see or witness an epiphany, they generally have an ah-ha moment, followed by confusion (now what) or fear (what does this mean?) Peter (once again) demonstrates that he doesn’t “get it” and Jesus once again has to explain his death and resurrection.

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I Do Choose

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:40-45

The rhythm extends to include proclaiming the new while honoring the tradition. Good News does not eliminate the nurturing liturgies already in place. A leper comes to Jesus, humbly and almost apologetically. The leper is confident Jesus has the ability to heal him, and he is pretty sure he is not worthy of this healing. Jesus proceeds to dispatch the illness that has made this man not only ill, but outcast. Jesus does not measuring worthiness, but he does honor the tradition. “Go,” he tells the man. Go to the priest, make the offering, and also, keep all this to yourself.” But of course, the man is unable to keep this good news to himself, and Jesus would henceforth be mobbed whenever he came to town.

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Prayer and Action

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:29-39

A rhythm is surfacing. Out to teach or to heal – then in to pray and listen. Jesus goes to Simon’s house after the first teaching in the synagogue to find Simon’s mother-in-law ill. He takes her by the hand and helps her up. Right back into the kitchen she goes to cook supper. By evening, the whole town was crowding around – many in need of healing, and most were healed. Jesus gets a little rest and then long before dawn goes inward – to a lonely place to pray. We see the balance in which he lives.

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Who is this Jesus?

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:21-28

Who is this man? He now has a little band of raw recruits – eager to serve yet largely clueless. Does Jesus send them off to school? No. He shows them. He models the behavior that will form disciples. He teaches with authority. He is right where they are – not way over their heads. He heals when he notices it is needed. Who he is speaks powerfully: as one with authority.

Note: Episcopal Migration Ministries has written special lesson plans for the first four weeks of Epiphany. They can be found here.

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Follow Me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

Jesus is putting together his team. He seems to understand that people learn best when they can see – in action – what is being taught. So Jesus takes these men with him when he teaches and when he heals. And most importantly, they are there with Jesus, day by day, as he gently reveals who he is. In today’s passage, Simon and Andrew leap out of their fishing boats to follow this man who has told them he will make them fishers of men. James and John are next. Jesus is demonstrating the fellowship he invites us to accept.

Note: Episcopal Migration Ministries has written special lesson plans for the first four weeks of Epiphany. They can be found here.

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Come and See

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: John 1:43-51

Jesus has begun to put together his team. In this passage, Philip hears Jesus say, “Come with me.” And he does. As it is dawning on Philip who this Jesus really is, he goes and finds his slightly skeptical friend, Nathanael, to tell him that they have found the one they had heard about. Nathanael remains dubious—how could anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip, confident that Nathanael will see what he has seen, insists, “Come with me.” Jesus sees Nathanael as he really is and calls him forth. Nathanael knows, now, that Jesus is the “Son of God.”

Note: Episcopal Migration Ministries wrote special lesson plans for the first four weeks of Epiphany. They can be found here.

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Receiving the Gift and Offering the Gift

First Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:4-11

The baby Jesus is now a man; a man beginning his ministry. Perhaps he is still trying to sort out in his mind what he is being called to do. He looks for validation and turns to his cousin, John. John, meanwhile, has been faithfully calling people to prepare, turn around, start over. He is pretty sure he will recognize Jesus, but he has not yet met him. When Jesus shows up, John goes into the water with him to baptize him, and both of them hear a voice from heaven. Jesus now knows he will be able to figure out what it is that he is being called to do.

Note: Episcopal Migration Ministries wrote special lesson plans for the first four weeks of the Season after the Epiphany. They can be found here.

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The Prophetic Voice

Forth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:21-28

Throughout the season of Epiphany, we follow Jesus’ early ministry and calling of his disciples to be teachers, healers, leaders, and prophets proclaiming the Kingdom of God. In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of Jesus healing a man possessed by demons. This is the first miracle story in the Gospel of Mark.

Note: This is the fourth in a four-part series on The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement program, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). Today’s lesson asks us to reflect on Jesus’ miracles of healing, its relationship to the Jewish-Christian prophetic tradition, and what it means to nurture a healing or prophetic presence in our own day.

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Fishers of People

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

In the season of Epiphany, we follow Jesus’ early ministry and calling of his disciples. Today’s Gospel reading includes the well-known, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Note: This is the third in a four-part series on The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement program, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). Today’s lesson asks us to reflect on the many ways we are called go out into the world to be “fishers of people.”

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Come and See

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: John 1:43-51

In the season of Epiphany, we follow Jesus’ early ministry and calling of his disciples.

Note: This is the second in a four-part series on The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement program, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). Today’s lesson focuses on the ways in which we are called to “Come and See” where Jesus is calling his disciples to serve in the world today.

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