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The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens: Loving Our Enemies Is Our Saving Grace

Luke 6:27-38

7th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

February 24, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens (TEC)


Walking through the woods in winter, it is easy to spot mistletoe. It sits in splendor on lofty branches high in an elm's canopy. After all the leaves have fallen and the woods have turned to grey, the mistletoe offers white berries and shiny green leaves like a Siren's song to those wandering beneath her. It is no wonder that all kinds of myths and legends have been written about mistletoe. Mysterious and vulnerable, she hovers above in glory offering plenty of room for those of us below her to judge her - both for her beauty and her poison. People have shot mistletoe down with BB guns and climbed dangerously high just to capture her twigs. Bound in ribbon and tied under a doorway, she emboldens those who stand beneath her to await a kiss. One legend declares that the dangerous fruit of mistletoe was used to poison the arrow of an enemy of the goddess of love in order to kill her son. Weeping tears on the deadly arrow, the goddess cast a spell over mistletoe promising all who passed beneath her to be given a kiss.

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The Rev. John Gunn

Try God's Way

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In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn suggests, "The next time someone treats you unkindly, turn around and do that someone a kindness and see what comes of it."


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The Rev. Geoffrey Hoare leads us into the season of Lent with a provocative look at Psalm 25, encouraging us to examine and deal with the enemies we face within and without.