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Teach Us to Pray

Here are some thoughts about this Sunday's gospel. I would like to have a conversation about this passage. I'll start off and would like your input as well. Thanks so much! These thoughts were shared with the people of St. Timothy Lutheran Church.





Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 1[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”2He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3Give us each day our daily bread.
4And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”
5And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in …

One Oar or Two?

This is the sermon I preached Sunday, 7/21/19 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. The text was Luke 10:38-42.
We are presented today with a radical story. Jesus upends the cultural norms of the day, which is what usually happens when Jesus is on the scene.
The first person Jesus encounters is Martha who welcomed Jesus into her house. This in itself is radical. First of all, it was unusual that a woman owned the home. She’s in charge and the responsibilities of the household fell on her. If this is the Mary and Martha John wrote of in his gospel, where is their brother Lazarus? We may assume he had died if the house was Martha’s.
Martha is distracted. Wouldn’t you be? For one thing, it wasn’t just Jesus who arrived, but his disciples as well. Now, was it just the 12 or did this include the 70? That makes a lot of difference. Her complaint to Jesus about Mary not helping is certainly reasonable. After all, how many of the disciples or even Jesus ever had to prepare a meal for so many guests?