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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:21 pm

"The beginning of the end", a reflection based on John 12:20-33 for Lent 5 (B), March 18, 2018, is the Second one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus sees the end of his journey on earth as he hears of the coming of the Greeks to find him right after his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, realizing his Good News has begun to spread far beyond the Jewish nation. His death will be eminent, but the appearance of the Greeks signals that his message of salvation will be for all people.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:00 pm

"Waltzing in on a donkey" on Mark 15:1-47 and Mark 11:1-11a is a reflection for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (B), March 25, 2018, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus comes into Jerusalem in a lowly procession riding on a donkey on Palm Sunday, being adored by many expecting him to throw off the yoke of the Roman Empire. Then he leaves the city, regroups with his disciples, is arrested, and crucified on Good Friday. We now await remembering his rising from the dead on Easter morning.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:35 am

"Frightened by reality", a reflection based on Mark 16:1-8 for Easter Sunday (B), April 1, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Mark’s Gospel account tells the story of terrified women who witness the empty open tomb three days after Jesus’ dead body had been placed there. They see an angelic figure who tell them that Jesus has been raised from the dead. St. Paul’s earlier letter to the church in Corinth tells more details, as do the three later Gospels. The women run away terrified, but the story from them and others apparently begins to spread to the whole world.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:03 am

"Reach out and touch someone", a reflection based on John 20:19-31 for 2 Easter (B), April 8, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus’ disciple Thomas was the foreshadowing of the scientific age we live in today. We have certainties which are actually only probabilities, in mathematical terms. However, we Twenty-first Century people are now aware that the universe that can be seen and measured is finite and has limits. Outside of this universe we have only God and God’s only Son, our Messiah, Jesus Christ in whom we live and move and have our being.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:42 am

"Revive us again", a reflection based on Luke 24:36-48 for 3 Easter (B), April 15, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Repentance is necessary for forgiveness. Christ died to give us forgiveness of our sins, but without our turning from our sins, we make Christ’s death muted and ineffective. The Risen Lord reminded us that we are to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name to all the world.
Peace and Easter blessings,
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Post by Joe Parrish » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:08 pm

Maybe a YouTube for the Easter season?

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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:35 pm

Hoo ha. With the help of a dozen bots, my blog has been viewed more than 100,000 times as of today. Hope the bots appreciate that. And maybe some others.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:53 am

"The Model Shepherd", a reflection based on John 10:11-18 for 4 Easter (B), April 22, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

The most popular ancient depiction of Jesus in the Roman catacombs is as the Good Shepherd, dating from the early third century and perhaps before. The good, or model, or exemplary shepherd has given up his life for us in order to give us life eternal. We need to hear his voice, follow his commands, and live a life that exemplifies Christ care and concern for others.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun May 06, 2018 12:36 am

"Love is our standard", a reflection based on John 15:9-17 for 6 Easter (B), May 6, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Love is indeed a connection nurtured by God. When we love selflessly, Christ comes into the equation. Then miracles happen.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon May 07, 2018 8:14 pm

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun May 13, 2018 5:10 am

"God is our protector", a reflection based on John 17:6-19 for 7 Easter (B), May 13, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus’ high priestly prayer is prayed for the disciples and for us who follow after them. Jesus was concerned that we always be protected by God, even though the world will hate his followers. However, God be praised, that we will be kept safe for all of eternity regardless.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat May 19, 2018 7:03 pm

Love can overcome all", a reflection based on John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15, for Pentecost (B), May 20, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

The Holy Spirit is a refining fire, testing what we do by God’s will and God’s ways, but allowing us to have free rule in our lives even to our own detriment. We can do miracles with the power of the Holy Spirit, but we can also do ourselves in if we are stubborn and refuse God’s guidance. With Jesus Christ’s physical presence now missing, we listen to his words of love and direction as given to us by God’s Holy Spirit.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat May 26, 2018 10:17 pm

"God loves the world God created", a reflection based on John 3:1-17, for Trinity Sunday (B), May 27, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus comes to us in mysterious ways; sometimes we think we can approach him ‘at night’ without others realizing we are searching for faith. But Christ who is ever faithful will indeed be there for us, challenging us, comforting us, by the Holy Spirit, to realize how loved we are by the God who created all of us and the world.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:20 pm

There Are Two Kinds of Water in Every Glass, Thanks to Quantum Physics
By Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer | May 31, 2018 04:12pm ET

https://www.livescience.com/62708-water-two-kinds.html
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:42 pm

"Human versus divine law", a reflection based on Mark 2:23-3:6, for Proper 4 (B), June 3, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus challenges the power of the Pharisees in doing a miracle on the Sabbath, healing a man with a paralyzed hand. But the Sabbath law had been taken over by the Pharisees, and they used Jesus’ actions to begin their plot to remove him from any power he was gathering. How do we ‘keep the Sabbath holy’?
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:22 am

"Let's Go Team", a reflection based on Mark 3:20-35, for Proper 5 (B), June 10, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus calls his followers his closest family members but still never forsakes his mother to his dying breath. Our families may be those of our church, those who love and serve the Lord together with us. We can be a team for Christ.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:36 am

"Look not down on the poor and lowly", a reflection based on Mark 4:26-34, for Proper 6 (B), June 17, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

God doesn’t make big things happen all the time but sometimes only does very small things that become major. If we can just cooperate with God’s will and God’s way we will see mighty miracles.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:02 am

"Resistance", a reflection based on Mark 4:35-41, for Proper 7 (B), June 24, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Troubles come. and troubles go. Trust the Lord and do good. Trust the Lord and do good.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:24 am

"Believing Power, Healing Power", a reflection based on Mark 5:21-43, for Proper 8 (B), July 1, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Healing may be required when societal expectations are hoisted onto a young person as they grow up, and the result can cause injury and dysfunction when they become adults. But healing from death is routine today, and many are kept on life-support systems for hours and then revived after surgery. The Age to Come has been inaugurated by Christ’s defeat of death.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:37 pm

"Birthday wish", a reflection based on Mark 6:14-29, for Proper 10 (B), July 15, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php
As a church we are being challenged to speak to others about our faith, to be bold, to be evangelists for Jesus.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:15 pm

"Healing the healers", a reflection based on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, for Proper 11 (B), July 22, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Jesus was an amazing healer, and his examples continue to inspire us. May we be aware of how others in healing and helping professions also need healing themselves, and may we help them find that healing.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:58 am

"Healing the healers", a reflection based on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, for Proper 11 (B), July 22, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/

Jesus was an amazing healer, and his examples continue to inspire us. May we be aware of how others in healing and helping professions also need healing themselves, and may we help them find that healing.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:47 pm

"Our Life Guard Walks on Water", a sermon based on John 6:1-21, for Proper 12 (B), July 29, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com

Jesus is undeterred by our lack of resources or faith, and with what little we can offer, Jesus can work mighty miracles. He is not bothered by storms or winds. His disciples, possibly with over self-confidence after feeding the great crowd, decide to make it on their own in their boat in the sea, but they realize in a storm that for their well-being Jesus needed to be in the boat with them.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:32 am

"A Very Hearty Meal", a reflection based on John 6:24-35, for Proper 13 (B), August 5, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com

Belief is the Number One Priority in our lives. From our belief, all the rest we do will follow. If we believe in Jesus Christ, Jesus says that is the work of God.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:05 pm

"The Essential Vitamin", a reflection based on John 6: 35, 41-51, for Proper 14 (B), August 12, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com

Understanding that the flesh of Christ is the Number One Food for our lives, we realize we cannot live anywhere near a spiritually healthy life without sharing in Holy Communion at least regularly.
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