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Really, Jesus?

In the gospel appointed for this Sunday, Jesus says something astonishing. He says at least three astonishing things, in fact: "The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these." And "I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." And "If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it." Really, Jesus? If we believe in you, we'll not only do the works you did, but even greater ones?!? You prayed deeply; you taught brilliantly; you performed a whole bunch of miracles, healing blind and crippled and diseased people, feeding 5,000 people with two loaves of fish, walking on water. You forgave those who hated you; you loved unconditionally. We can do even greater?!?   And you'll do whatever we ask in your name? If in Jesus' name we ask him for anything, he'll do it? Anything ?!?

When Life isn't as it's Meant to be: Why we need a Theodicy

  "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." That's the way Jesus wraps up the lesson we'll hear this Sunday. I think I was in ordained ministry 15 years before I ever heard anyone point out something very obvious about this saying: you ever wonder why Jesus paired those two statements? It's because the life we want - the life we are created for, intended for - is not the life we have. It's as if over here in this corner Jesus, God on earth, offering not just life, but fullness of life, abundance of life. And in the opposite corner, someone, some force or forces that seek to kill, steal and destroy that life.   This force or these forces are what the Book of Common prayer's baptismal covenant refers to as "Satan and the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God" and the "evil powers of this world that corrupt and destroy the creatures of