Hello! This week is the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Passages can be found here.
Deuteronomy speaks of the importance of listening to God’s prophets, and the warning not to listen to false prophets.
Psalm 111 is a psalm of praise that reminds us: ” The works of God’s hands are faithful and just; all the Lord’s precepts are trustworthy.”
The passage from 1st Corinthians speaks about food sacrificed to idols, including Paul’s admonition: “But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” I confess I’ve not, historically, been a fan of this passage. People have tended to use it to “keep me in my place”. Maybe I should re-claim Paul’s text.
And in the passage from Mark’s gospel, Jesus heals an unclean man at the synagogue in Capernaum, and the demonic realm makes one of the first proclamations of Jesus’ identity. Mark makes sure we know this is a story to which the entire cosmos is paying attention.
What are your questions and struggles with these texts? Which direction do you think your sermon may head?