Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 30, 2013

Jesus LoveThis is the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s Scriptures call us to follow where Jesus has gone, without compromise or condition, and without counting the cost. Christians have been set free to love as Christ loved us. If we're not sure how to do this, we must trust in the Spirit working in us. How are you being called to follow Christ, to love more fully?

Readings for this Sunday:

  • 1 Kings 19:16b, 19–21. Following God's instructions, Elijah passes his prophetic ministry to Elisha. Elisha seems to recognize how demanding this call will be, and performs actions that make it impossible for him ever to return to his home.
  • Ps. 16 This song of trust begins with an affirmation of faith in God alone, followed by an expression of confidence in God.
  • Galatians 5:1, 13–18. A reflection on the meaning of Christian freedom. Christians have been set free to love as Christ loved us. If you're not sure how to do this, trust in the Spirit working in you.
  • Luke 9:51–62. This text follows several examples of how complete our response must be to the call of Jesus. Jesus makes it clear that our commitment must be wholehearted.

Reflection on Sunday’s Readings: June 23,2013

Christ on the crossThis is the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s passage from Luke is often considered one of the most important passages found in the New Testament/Christian Scriptures. Jesus asks his disciples to sort through the rumors about who he is. This Jesus whom others recognize as prophet is more – much more. Peter nails it. He is the first person in the Gospels to confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Not someone anointed by God. Jesus is God. God! The one, the only, the true God.

Instead of boasting who he is, or allowing the disciples to do the same, Jesus exacts silence on the revelation. Jesus explains: “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected…and killed and on the third day rise.” Being God meant suffering – to the point of death. It is too early to let all of humanity know who he is. That knowledge is reserved until after the passion, after the death, after the resurrection.

The US Farm Bill

Farm WorkerJUSTICE WORKING: The important Farm Bill now working its way through Congress is revisited every 5 years for reform and renewal. This year the house version of the bill would cut $20M from the SNAP (Food Stamp) program. The Senate would cut a more modest amount. Payouts to large farm operations continue unabated. Since 1995, 75% of subsidies have gone to the largest 10% of farms; some receive over $1M each year. We need a more balanced bill that places some limit on payouts to farmer and retains the critical funding for small and medium size farms. The SNAP program need not be cut. Your congressman and senator need to hear from you on this issue.

Please sign the preprinted postcards located in the Gathering Area. Together we can make a difference. Thank you.

Remembering Father’s Day

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 16, 2013

ForgivenessThis is the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time: God’s overflowing mercy, forgiveness and love are the themes of our 1st and 3rd readings. Paul in his letter to the Galatians states clearly that justification comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot earn it through our good works. It is God’s grace that brings us to that place of “righteousness,” fullness of life in God. How does this truth touch your life? What keeps you from seeking God’s mercy?

Obituary for June Pfiester

JuneJune Marie Smith Pfiester, 78, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013 at home with her family by her side.

June is survived by her daughters, Pamela Simms (Tommy), and Teresa Thompson (Bob); brothers, Richard and Carl Smith; sister, Betsy Putnam; and grandchildren, Evan Simms, Marissa and Joseph Thompson.

Register for Bibletimes Marketplace

Bibletimes TentRegistration forms for Bibletimes Marketplace (July 15-19) are available in the Gathering Area and in Epiphany’s office. You may register your child(ren) and yourself as a much needed worker. Pick up the forms and return them before June 18, the deadline. There will be no registration after this date.

Confirmation Class 2013

Spirit DoveTwenty-two youth were confirmed by Archbishop Kurtz at Epiphany on Trinity Sunday.  Please continue to remember in prayer our youth who celebrated the holy sacrament of Confirmation on May 25 as well as the children who were baptized in April.

Obituary for Albert McLaughlin

AlAlbert R. McLaughlin, Jr., 84, passed away on June 4, 2013.

Above all, Al was devoted to the love and care of his family. He was a deeply loving husband, patient and caring father, and an example of life for his grandchildren and great grandchild.

Al truly enjoyed the company of others. He had an unwaveringly positive attitude towards every aspect of his life, and was an uplifting presence for those around him.

Join the Hand in Hand Ministries Appalachia Trip

Hand in HandWhat: Appalachia Trip Meeting
When: Monday, June 10, 2013, 6:30-7:30 PM
Where: Lighthouse