Entries by Jean Byerly

Proper 19 Year B (Mark 8:27-38)

As we can see from the conversation between Jesus and Peter in today’s Gospel, Jesus’ ministry which began with such an outpouring of popularity, because of his personal charisma, his message of a new kingdom and his healing ministry, becomes harder for his disciples to comprehend when he starts talking about who he really was and what he had to do- i.e. suffer and die.

Proper 18 Year B (Mark 7)

Can you imagine a total stranger coming up to you, sticking his fingers into your ears, spitting and touching your tongue? And your own friends brought you to him!

Ephesians 6:10-20

Military language of battle and war to describe the Christian life isn’t exactly in vogue these days, not just because …

John 6:51-58

Through the lens of the last supper, the Church has interpreted Jesus’ long dialogue in John 6 as proof of his presence in the Holy Meal, the Holy Communion.

John 6:24-35

Day after feeding of the masses-large following-want to make him king- miracle makes crowd want more.

Proper 10 Year B (Amos)

It is the 8th century before Christ; David and Solomon’s empire has split into two- a northern kingdom, Israel, and a Southern Kingdom of Judah. It was then that a southerner, from the hill city of Tekoa south of Bethlehem who described himself as a “herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees” received a call […]