October 2, 2022 – The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan

Proper 22C

At its core, today’s Gospel is about — faith and discipleship — and how they relate to one another…Faith and Discipleship.

It might be helpful to know that this passage from Luke’s Gospel starts in the middle of a conversation. The disciples weren’t randomly crying out, “Increase our faith!” They were responding to some challenging teachings from Jesus in the preceding verses.

He had just told the disciples three things:
that there was great peril for anyone who caused others to
stumble;
that believers had a responsibility:
to confront those who sin
and to offer wholehearted forgiveness to those
who ask for it.

August 21, 2022 – The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan

Proper 16C
Jeremiah 1:4-15, Psalm 71:1-6, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17

Did it happen all at once?
I am wondering about that bent-over woman in the synagogue.

Was she suddenly stricken?
Or was it more gradual?
Little by little,
shoulders slumping more and more
until hers became a life of looking down.

No taking in the beauty of the surrounding mountains,
no gazing at the stars…
no looking at a beloved eye to eye.

Just day after day, staring at the dusty street and sandaled feet.