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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus: Following Christ Calls for Total Commitment   In the Gospel for today, Jesus meets several people who wanted to give him only partial commitment. One man was willing to follow Jesus as long as he could keep a comfortable life. Another man was willing to follow Jesus as long as he could still prioritize his family above Jesus. Jesus' answer to all of them was the same: Following Christ calls for total commitment. Christ calls to us to leave behind our wrong priorities and love him above all things. Following Christ calls for total commitment.

 
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:    Faithfulness to Christ is Worth the Trouble it Brings  Faithfulness to Christ will bring trouble. In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells us that faithfullness to him involves denying what our sinful natures want us to do. Our first lesson reminds us that Moses "chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin." He did this "becuase he was looking forward to his reward." Faithfulness to Christ is worth the trouble it brings.
 

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:    Faith Trusts in God after Contrition and Repentance  In his Law, God confronts us with our sin, just like Nathan confronted David about his sin with Bathsheba (First Lesson). When we have been confronted with our sins, we repent and God assures us of his forgiveness, just like Jesus assured the woman in the Gospel for today, "Your sins are forgiven." When we are forgiven, then we produce the fruits of repentance, showing our love for Jesus and living our lives for him.

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:  God Restores Our Faith When It is Shaken   Last Sunday, we saw that faith trust God's great power, but there are many things that happen to us that could shake our faith. Today we see that God restores our faith when it is shaken. In our first lesson, a widow's faith was shaken when her son died. But at the prayer of Elijah, God resotred the son back to life, and also restored the widow's faith (First Lesson). God restores our faith when it is shaken, and when he does that, our faith comes out even stronger than it was before.