In this week’s scripture we see how God responds to the poor choices we sometimes make. Our first reading comes from a time of transition in Israel’s history. The people have come together under Samuel, a prophet. But as they look around they notice that all the other nations have kings. Now they want one too. Samuel warns them that this choice will have terrible consequences. But they are sure they know what they want.
Our gospel follows a series of healings that Jesus has been carrying out across Galilee. Religious leaders come from Jerusalem to check out the rumors of his activity, and they are not pleased. They claim that he is doing Satan’s work, collaborating with demons to impress the gullible. They even suggest that maybe he has a demon himself. This angers Jesus. He responds that there are limits to God’s forgiveness, and that they are in danger of going too far. “Counting to Three” is Jonathan’s sermon, drawing on 1 Samuel 8:4-20 and Mark 3:20-30.
Our Second Sunday Supper is provided by L & L Barbecue, Hawaiian style comfort food. (Feel free to say something about the actual items being served!)
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