Texts: Acts 5:27-32; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31
Many years ago I gathered the children on Easter Sunday to talk with them about Jesus and his resurrection. Leave it to adults to come up with a word like resurrection. As if we really know what it means anyway. And how are you going to make sense of that with children?
Texts: Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12
A body in motion tends to stay in motion. That’s a rule of physics. But when a body stops being in motion, well, other rules apply. Chief among those rules is that a body that has ceased to be in motion will require an infusion of energy to be in motion again. You know how that is. Gravity is such a curse when you’ve been weeding the garden and need to rise from your task.
Texts: Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11
A long time ago I was a young tour bus driver in Alaska. Nearly all of us were college students from the Pacific Northwest working summers to pay for school. And a very decent wage it was compared to many other seasonal jobs. It wasn’t just the money though. We were curious about the world, and on the brink of adulthood, always eager to pick up insights for getting along well in life. I guess they call it “life hacks” now.
Texts: Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8
Judas is a distraction. There. I said it. I’ve been wanting to say this for a very long time. Judas should not get all the attention. There’s some amazing stuff going on with Jesus in the events leading up to the Passover in today’s gospel lesson yet it’s Judas who commands the stage.
Texts: Isaiah 55:1-9: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9
On late Sunday afternoons when I finish with my preacher’s day I like to settle down with the Sunday paper. One of my favorite parts is where people write in with thorny questions about human character and behavior. They look for guidance and wisdom; for validation of their views, or for condemnation of others. The reason why I like these Q&A columns so much is that I don’t have to answer the hard questions!
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.