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Proper 24 (B) + The flea the lion loves + 10.17.21

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  Emily Larryware M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Job 38:1–7, (34–41); Psalm 104:1–9, 25, 37; Hebrews 5:1–10; St Mark 10:35–45)   "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. Listening to God confront Job here, I can’t help but think of the song from the very irreverent musical “The Book of Mormon” called “Man Up”! Part of the song goes like this: 'Cuz there's a time in your life When you know you've got to MAN UP. Don't let it pass you by, There's just one time to MAN UP. Watch me man up like Nobody else! I'm gonna man up all Over myself! [1] Without getting too far into the territory of toxic masculinity which is a whole other sermon, God reaches back to Job here and tells him to gird up his loins because he is about to take him on a trip around the universe. God is big and Job is very small in the scheme of things. Some co

Propio 24 (B) + La pulga que el leon ama + 10.17.21

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  Emily Larryware M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Job 38:1–7, (34–41); Salmo 104:1–9, 25, 37; Hebreos 5:1–10; San Marcos 10:35–45)   Entonces el Señor le habló a Job de en medio de la tempestad. ¿Quién eres tú para dudar de mi providencia y mostrar con tus palabras tu ignorancia? Muéstrame ahora tu valentía, y respóndeme a estas preguntas: ¿Dónde estabas cuando yo afirmé la tierra? Escuchando a Dios confrontando a Job aquí, pienso en la canción del musical muy irreverente “The Book of Mormon” llamado “Man Up.” Parte de la canción va así: 'Cuz there's a time in your life When you know you've got to MAN UP. Don't let it pass you by, There's just one time to MAN UP. [1] O Hay un tiempo en su vida Cuando sabes que tienes que Atarse los machos No te lo dejas pasar Hay solo un tiempo Para MAN UP. Sin entrarme mucho en el territorio del machismo, que es otro sermón por completo, Dios habla de vuelto a Job aquí y le dice que tiene

Proper 23 B + The eye of the needle + 10.10.21

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  Patheos.com M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Job 23:1–9, 16–17; Ps. 22:1–15 Hebrews 4:12–16 St Mark 10:17–31) Growing up, one of my best friends had a sign in her family's living room. It said "Solidarity" but in a foreign language, perhaps that of one of the countries of Eastern Europe, and no doubt there was a story behind that banner. I am not sure I ever asked for the details. But "solidarity" is what comes to mind today as I muse on this scripture passage from the gospel of St. Mark. But first, let us remember last week, when we heard about Job. Job experienced the opposite of solidarity. When he was in pain and suffering, his friends added to his anguish by blaming his troubles on him. Instead of feeling surrounded by care, Job felt abandoned and alone. Don’t be a Job’s friend 😊 . In contrast, Jesus invites us into a community of radical mutual support. In the passage from today, a man came up to Jesus and, calling him good, asked him

Propio 23 B + El ojo de la aguja + 10.10.21

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  Patheos.com M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Job 23:1–9, 16–17; S. 22:1–15 Hebreos 4:12–16 San Marcos 10:17–31)   Cuando fuimos joven, una de mis mejores amigas tenía un letrero en la sala de living de su familia. Decía "Solidaridad" pero en un idioma extranjero, tal vez el de uno de los países de Europa del Este, y sin duda había una historia detrás de él, pero no se los detalles. Pero "solidaridad" es lo que me viene a la mente hoy mientras reflexiono sobre este pasaje de las Escrituras del evangelio de San Marcos. Solidarity is the theme that comes to mind as I think on this passage from Mark. Pero primero, recordemos la semana pasada, cuando nos escuchamos de Job. Job experimentó lo contrario de la solidaridad. Cuando tenía dolor y sufrimiento, sus amigos aumentaban su angustia al culparlo de sus problemas. En lugar de sentirse rodeado de cuidados, Job se sintió abandonado y solo. Don’t be like Job’s friends, and blame others for their own tr

Proper 21 B + Salty Together + 9.26.21

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M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Esther 7:1–6, 9–10; 9:20–22; Psalm 124; James 5:13–20; Mark 9:38–50)   John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us.” Wow, these are hard words to fully process as a person of faith. As a Christian, I have learned that to follow Christ is my path. And as Christian who sees things from a justice-filtered lens, I have learned that I must have the strength of my convictions and share those with others, not so much for my benefit but for the benefit of others who may have heard a much more limited view of the gospel. And it would be all too easy for me to judge the disciples in this passage from Mark and not see how I might be inclined to follow in their footsteps on the daily. See,

Propio 21 B + Juntos salados + 9.26.21

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  M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Ester 7:1–6, 9–10; 9:20–22; Salmo 124; Santiago 5:13–20; San Marcos 9:38–50) Juan le dijo: —Maestro, hemos visto a uno que expulsaba demonios en tu nombre, y tratamos de impedírselo, porque no es de los nuestros. Jesús contestó: —No se lo prohíban, porque nadie que haga un milagro en mi nombre podrá luego hablar mal de mí. El que no está contra nosotros, está a nuestro favor. Wow, estas son palabras difíciles de seguir como una persona de fe. Como un cristiano, he aprendido que seguir a Cristo es mi camino. Y como una cristiana que vea las cosas a través de los lentes de justicia, yo siento que tengo que tener la fortaleza de animo de compartir mis convicciones con los demás, no tanto por mi beneficio como para el beneficio de los que han escuchado una versión muy limitado del evangelio. Y sería demasiado fácil para mi juzgar a los discípulos en este pasaje de San Marcos y no darme cuenta de cómo yo sigo sus pasos a lo diario. Mira

Proper 20 (B) + A person of valor + 9.19.21

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  M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Proverbs 31:10–31; Ps. 1; James 3:13–4:3, 7–8ª; St Mark 9:30–37) Robert A. Heinlein is attributed with saying: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” (GoodReads) Based on our reading from Proverbs today, one might say a human woman or indeed a human being should be able to: work with their hands and weave, provide food for a household and purchase that food carefully, make big purchases as needed, work on physical strength, sell the fruits of their labor, be both wise, kind and of good humor. Of course, both of these lists come from a specific lens of time and place and in som