Rich and Poor are Alike

Proper 18, Year B, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

The Old Testament reading today is the first of three in the Book of Proverbs. This section of Proverbs allows us to be mindful of how we treat others. We are asked to not be unjust to the poor or to crush the afflicted. This also means that we should not give preferential treatment to those that are wealthy. God is seen as the great defender of the poor and afflicted and being unkind to these groups of people would bring us in opposition to God.

Many people in our world have forgotten what the poor and afflicted are going through. God wants us to treat the poor and afflicted in a kind way, and to also be helpful to them. Finding things that are in common between the rich and the poor are important to help us bridge the gap that currently exists in our two-tier society.

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Prayers of Healing

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 18, Year B
Scripture: Mark 7:24-37

Two healings. One may have come as a surprise even to Jesus. A woman, not of his flock and not of his tradition, begs Jesus to heal her daughter. Because of her persistence he agrees to heal her daughter. A man, deaf and unable to speak clearly, is brought to Jesus. Jesus takes him, gently, off to one side away from prying eyes and heals him. “Don’t tell anyone about this,” he cautions. But of course, people find out.

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Passover Meal

Proper 18, Year A, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14

This story is interjected in the story of the plagues that were brought upon the Pharaoh and Egypt as God sent Moses to free the Israelite slaves.  In this story, we hear of a ritualized meal and practice that begins the commemoration of the saving events of God.  The details that are described signal to us that a new thing is beginning and the old is being left behind.  A new calendar is started, the food that is used is all new, nothing from the previous year will be used and the people are to prepare for their new beginning by wearing cloaks and shoes as to be ready for their journey.

This meal not only signals the new, but puts ritual to something that God is doing for the people so they can remember it each year.  This is one of the most significant rituals that is done each year by Jewish Families and some Christian Families.

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Conflict Resolution

Proper 18, Year A
Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20

This passage in Matthew comes in the middle of a larger piece in which Jesus deals with matters that are important to life in this new community, how we treat others, what is important in this community and why this community may be different than other communities.  This section of Matthew speaks to us all being the body of Christ and that we are all of value in the eyes of God.  It is about how we treat each other and how we are to best live as the family of God.

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Cross to Carry

Ordinary Time, Proper 18, Year C
Scripture: Luke 14:25-33

What is the cross we are called to carry as a disciple of Jesus? What are we being called to take on? Jesus invites us to carefully consider the cost before choosing to carry this cross. We might begin by considering how our possessions get in the way.

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