for use with Common, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Lectionaries
Comments on the Lessons
The Acts 9:1-20 passage is a narrative of the conversion of Saul. The Acts 5:27-32 passage was dealt with in last Sunday's (C) reading. Comments will be made on Acts 5:40-41 only for the (RC) reading. There is virtual consensus on the Revelation reading, which is a vision of the heavenly throne and the praise given to the Lamb (Christ) upon the throne. In John 21:1-14 there is consensus. It is the account of the appearance of the Risen Christ to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias and their eating bread and fish together at Jesus' third appearance.
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When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake.Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. (vv. 21-24)
Mark Ellingsen Frank Ramirez Bill Thomas Bonnie Bates
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 I read this story in July 1991’s “Bits and Pieces.” I think it does a great job of describing friendship. A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:
“One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable.”
“One who understands our silence.”
“A volume of sympathy bound in cloth.”
“A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down.”
"No," chorused her band of friends, "It's not fair."
During the long, summer evenings, the car park of the local supermarket was usually half empty. It was a glorious open space with, most importantly of all, a really smooth surface. What's more, if you started at the side nearest the supermarket, it had a gentle slope right down to the other side. It was absolutely made for skateboarding - or so Kendra and the gang felt. But the manager of the supermarket seemed to have other ideas.
Getting through grief may be one of the hardest things we do as human beings. One of the best ways to begin the process is to find it within ourselves to stand up and say something in a public setting that puts into words both the personal and collective feelings of all who have gathered to mourn. History is replete with stunning examples. Pericles' Funeral Oration as recorded by Thucydides in The Peloponnesian War is certainly one of them. At the end of the first year of war, the Athenians held, as was their custom, an elaborate funeral for all those killed in the war.
Year after year Stumpy and Martha attended the fair in their home state, and every summer it was the same story: Stumpy was tantalized by the old-fashioned bi-plane in which anybody could take a ride for ten dollars, and Martha was disgusted by such an obvious waste of money. "Ten dollars is ten dollars," she would always say. And Stumpy would go home without his airplane ride.