The Call of Isaiah

Fifth Week after the Epiphany, Year C, Old Testament
Scripture:  Isaiah 6:1-8

Two themes weave together in today’s reading: an experience of God and a commissioning to ministry. Isaiah has a mystical experience and is in a state of awe. In this state, he is called to be a prophet to God’s people, to speak on behalf of the Lord. He answers with the famous phrase, “Here I am.” Too often these themes are examined separately, losing the power of one leading directly to the other. We first experience God, then we serve God. Divorcing the two leads to empty worship without service or empty service without worship.

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The Lord is Everlasting

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31

The reading for today offers a poetic reminder of the glory of God, and of God’s constant presence and mercy. Even when life is challenging, God is already present with us, more powerful than we can imagine, and gathering us ever closer. We have as much need of this reminder as the people who first heard Isaiah’s words. It rights our perspective and cheers us on.

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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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The Light of Christ

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-9a(9b-12)

Isaiah continues the theme of Justice.  The prophet explains to the people that their relationship with each other reveals their true relationship with God.  They cannot say that they have a good relationship with when they have no mercy for others.  God does not require fasting.  God requires justice and mercy.

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Come Fish for People

Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

This week, Jesus has a boat as a pulpit. Amid the crowd are two exhausted fishermen who had worked all night long without catching anything. Casting nets, pulling in empty nets, all night long. Jesus uses these two men as his “sermon illustration.” Jesus tells them to let down their nets for a catch. They muster up the courage to try yet again. They take the risk and find abundance.

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