July 7 | Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 1, 2024 | General Presbyter & Stated Clerk, Resources, Worship Together, Worship Together Front Page

The Revised Common Lectionary passages for the Lord’s Day are:

First Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:1-13

The liturgical color for the day is: Green

In Mark’s gospel, those sent out had wondrous powers, including the power to cast out “unclean” spirits.  We can easily dismiss that and say that is not how we functionally understand the world today, but let’s not dismiss that too fast.  There are some “unclean” spirits we need to cast out, and Christ gives us the power to do so.  Here are some “unclean” things we need to cast out of our lives and churches:

  • Thinking we really can go it alone, that fierce sense of independences—that is an unclean spirit.
  • Thinking that our neighbor is not our problem—that is an unclean spirit. We are truly in all this together. 
  • Thinking that someone else needs to solve the problem of poverty as it is too immense for us to do anything about it—that is an unclean spirit.
  • Thinking that it is okay to suppress one group of persons and limit their rights for any reasons—that is an unclean spirit.
  • Thinking that it is okay for racism to have any part of our culture and community—that is an unclean spirit.
  • Thinking that it just is the way it is when some benefit at the expense of others—that is an unclean spirit.
  • Thinking that there will always be children that go to bed hungry—that is an unclean spirit.
  • Thinking that the homeless are nameless, faceless, or not our family that need us—that is an unclean spirit.

Jesus gives us the authority over all of those unclean spirits.  We are in this life together.  We are dependent on each other.  We have all we need to do the work Christ calls us to do.  We have the equipment in ourselves, and we have the authority to grow love in this world in such a way that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are more than words on the page.  We have been sent.

Rev. Dr. Daris Bultena
General Presbyter and Stated Clerk

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