The Symbolic Body (Mark 5: 1-20)

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on May 13, 2021
Jesus and his disciples have sailed from Capernaum in Galilee to the southeastern corner of the Sea of Galilee, a largely Gentile area. They are met by a man from the tombs who is possessed by an unclean spirit. His life is one of chains and shackles, and railing against those chains and shackles, howling on the mountains and bruising himself...
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An Update on Masks

An Update on Masks

by The Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on April 29, 2021
I am writing with an update on pandemic safety protocols at St. Liz. Starting this Sunday, masks are now optional at outdoor St. Liz events, including outdoor Sunday worship. This change comes...
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Resuming Indoor Worship on May 30

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on April 22, 2021
St. Liz will resume worshipping indoors and in-person beginning Trinity Sunday, May 30th. I am just tickled pink to say that we’re doing this whether it’s rainy or not! Your Bishop’s...
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Is this House Divided? Conspiracy Theories and Unclean Spirits (Mark 3:19b-35)

Is this House Divided? Conspiracy Theories and Unclean Spirits (Mark 3:19b-35)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on April 15, 2021
In Mark 3, the stakes are raised. There’s a conspiracy against Jesus at work (3:6), and as though in response, Jesus strategically withdraws with his followers to regroup (3:7). The crowd is...
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One of St. Elizabeth’s Own is Going to Seminary in the Fall (Mark 3:7-19)

One of St. Elizabeth’s Own is Going to Seminary in the Fall (Mark 3:7-19)

by The Rev Daniel P Strandlund on April 8, 2021
I am delighted to announce that Bishop Reed, in consultation with the Diocesan Discernment Committee and with the full support of your Bishop’s Committee, has approved Rachel Joiner as a postulant...
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Arimatheans: a Reflection for my Fellow Priests During the Second Holy Week of Pandemic

Arimatheans: a Reflection for my Fellow Priests During the Second Holy Week of Pandemic

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on April 2, 2021
“Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.” -Mark...
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Crisis and a Quilt (Mark 3:1-6)

Crisis and a Quilt (Mark 3:1-6)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on March 18, 2021
A few weeks ago we observed that Jesus’ confrontation with Satan in the wilderness provides a kind of cosmic backdrop to the whole Gospel: many of the conflicts that follow are recapitulations...
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Nobody Expects the Pharisaic Inquisition!  (Mark 2:23-28)

Nobody Expects the Pharisaic Inquisition! (Mark 2:23-28)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on March 10, 2021
There’s an old Monty Python bit where a man and a woman are talking, and the man speaks too fast to be understood. The woman keeps asking him for clarification on what he’s trying to say, and...
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Introducing the Pharisees (Mark 2:18-22)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on March 3, 2021
Last week, we saw Jesus at dinner at Levi’s house, along with “many tax collectors and sinners” (2:15). This provoked a question from a group we hadn’t met yet: “the scribes of the Pharisees”...
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The Call of Levi and the Community of Disciples (Mark 2:13-17)

The Call of Levi and the Community of Disciples (Mark 2:13-17)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 25, 2021
In this week’s passage, Jesus again is walking by the Sea of Galilee. A crowd gathers, and in the midst of teaching the crowd, Jesus calls to Levi, a tax collector sitting at his tax booth. ...
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Our Roofs Unroofed (Mark 2:1-12)

Our Roofs Unroofed (Mark 2:1-12)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 18, 2021
As I am writing this, it’s late Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve just returned from the Walgreens near our house. I went there to buy several things we didn’t really need. But the roads were...
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Compassion and Anger: Two Versions of Jesus and the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)

Compassion and Anger: Two Versions of Jesus and the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 10, 2021
In this week’s passage, Jesus meets a leper who asks to be healed. Two tasks for us today: first, we’ll do some background work on lepers in Mark’s world, and second, we’ll look closely at a...
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For Medical Workers: a Report on the Vaccine Rollout in Capernaum (Mark 1:29-39)

For Medical Workers: a Report on the Vaccine Rollout in Capernaum (Mark 1:29-39)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 4, 2021
A friend of mine recently told me a story about something that can happen at coronavirus vaccine clinics right now. At the end of a distribution day, sometimes the clinic has an extra dose. ...
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Panic, Convulsions, and Things Torn Apart: God’s Victory Made Local (Mark 1:21-28)

Panic, Convulsions, and Things Torn Apart: God’s Victory Made Local (Mark 1:21-28)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 28, 2021
This week’s passage of Jesus’ entering a synagogue and casting out an unclean spirit is Jesus’ first real public act of power. In Mark, one way of understanding deeds of power like this is to see...
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The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-20)

The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-20)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 21, 2021
Mark’s Gospel is best experienced as a single piece rather than a series of vignettes stitched together. As though to tell us this, the Evangelist begins his Gospel already foreshadowing its...
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