Honor and Service – Br. David Allen

DavidA_2008_031Mark 10:32-45

If we look back two or three chapters in the Gospel of Mark, we can find readings similar to the themes in today’s Gospel lesson. Twice earlier in Mark’s Gospel Jesus had foretold his suffering. When Jesus told the disciples that, they didn’t seem to get the point of why he was telling them.

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Becoming – Br. Luke Ditewig

As a teenager, my favorite musical and social activity was being in a church handbell choir. It was so important to me that I chose a college with a handbell choir. That greatly limited my options, and it brought me to Massachusetts, for which I’m thankful! In high school I also began solo ringing. Rather than a choir in which a dozen ringers each has a few notes, I rang from a six-foot table full of bells with a piano accompaniment. It is delightful but unusual art form. From solos at my home parish and my college chapel, most everyone knew me as “the bell guy.” When visiting my home parish, inevitably someone still recalls the bell solos and asks if I keep ringing. I haven’t rung for years. I have new pursuits and even new nicknames. Yet to many, I’m still “the bell guy.” That memory sticks. Visiting California, I usually run into that memory.

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Testing – Br. David Allen

Lk 9:57-62

Jesus’ responses to those who said they would follow him that we heard in today’s Gospel have sometimes made me uncomfortable.  They can seem abrupt or off-putting.  We usually think of Jesus speaking to people with compassion.

As I meditated on it, I realized that there must have been reasons for such responses.  Read More

Who do you say I am? – Br. Jonathan Maury

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Psalm 63:1-8; Luke 9:18-22

There is poignancy to the opening phrase of our gospel from Luke: “Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him…”

Already we have of Jesus praying in the Spirit several times in Luke:

‘When Jesus…had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and… a voice came… ‘You are my…Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ Read More