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Pastor Matthew’s reflections for the 12th Sunday in Pentecost 2020:

The Hebrew text reading for today is taken from Exodus and is the birth narrative of the man called Moses "the one who was drawn from water".  We are just over our gladness of seeing things end well and happily for Joseph and his brothers only to learn, a few pages on, that a new Pharaoh arose who "did not know Joseph" and the cycle of oppression begins again.  But God's promise will endure and even here, early on in Exodus, God is raising up a new leader who will deliver God's people Israel.

The Epistle, again from Romans this Sunday, reminds us that the church is a body and it functions best when all the myriad parts and pieces that make it up work together toward a common goal.  We are admonished by Paul not to believe ourselves more important that another part of the body, for even the crown of the head is ultimately held up by the smallest of toes.

The gospel appointed for this Sunday is what our Roman friends celebrate as the consecration of the first pope;  "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 

Wow! what power!!

But is Peter really the kind of man in whom such power should be vested?  Really? Peter!!, the one who gets it wrong every time?  What is Jesus up to here?