Weekly Reflections

Below you will find the most recent Weekly Reflection from the clergy with a link to the week's readings.

September 20th, 2021

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B

There’s a reassurance that comes with reading through Mark’s gospel account in that we get to feel smarter than the disciples, like we know a secret or an answer that they don’t know. We know what Jesus is talking about; we know what’s going to happen to him; and we know what happens after that.

So in some sense, when they start arguing over who is going to be the greatest or how the messiah is supposed to act, we get to think, “Oh, those silly disciples. They just don’t get it.”

And yet, what’s also reassuring about reading through Mark’s gospel is that in so many ways, the disciples are just like us. We go through life, trying to solve problems or address issues, not always knowing the exact outcomes or what the future will hold. This can lead to moments of anxiety and uncertainty, which can result in negative outcomes in interactions and relationships. These moments of uncertainty, though, can also lead to great moments of unexpected grace, grace that’s revealed to us when we trust in the goodness and mercy of God, both for ourselves and for others.

We learn through Mark’s gospel and in our lives that these moments are revealed in community and conversation: with ourselves; with one another; and with God. We learn and understand how God is calling us to live and how God is calling us to make the Kingdom known through acts of humility and care for others, and allowing ourselves to be cared for, too.

It’s not an easy lesson to learn, but it’s an important one as we try to live more fully into the community of faith Christ calls us to. When we fall short, though, we get realize that there are abundant opportunities to try again.