King Herod mistakes Jesus for John the Baptist.
Jesus feeds the 5,000.
Peter walks on water with Jesus.
Jesus heals the sick of Gennesaret.
He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief (vv. 54-58).
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place (vv. 47-53).
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (vv. 47-50).
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it (vv. 45-46).
It is interesting reviewing the last few Good Fridays.
In 2013, our family was new to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, and I was finishing up my administrative internship. My goal was to move into a new position within three years.
Three years later, I am working as a Staff Developer for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.
In 2014, I missed a Good Friday reflection for the first time in seven years. I wonder if we were in West Virginia and I was away from a computer.
Last year, I predicted that Cuomo would have to “give back the milk money,” and in many ways this is what has happened.
This past year has been one of transitions. We have our new dog, Debo. Amy’s writing and editing work has become profitable. Sarah has gone to Longridge and thrived in public school. Jack missed the coffeehouse but is Scar in the Lion King, Jr.
Earlier today, I got a new Kia to replace the 2000 dark green Neon. The old car couldn’t hold its oil and stopped starting in the cold and damp early spring weather.
The service over at Concord was powerful. Lori’s family are also SBTW Galatians!
My biggest hopes for the next year are for our family: more love and patience and endurance. This is my prayer for the next year.
I wonder what I will be thinking on April 14, 2017.