Tear Open The Heavens

Once again we enter the season of Advent, the season when we intentionally sit back to wait and watch for the coming of the Reign of God. It is the time of year when our words change quickly from “Crown Him with Many Crowns” to “O come, o come Emmanuel.” The cry of Isaiah, “O…

Come See the Humble King.

Thirty years ago, I decided to paint a ceramic nativity set. Now don’t get too excited, the set is made of pre-cast ceramic green ware and my job was simply to decorate the pre-cast pieces and somehow bring them to life. As I sat in the art room of the nursing home I was working…

A Thief in the Night

This morning’s homily is given Dr. Richard G. Wiley Thessalonians 5:5 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the lord will come like a thief in the night. I think this is a way of saying we don’t know when the day of the Lord will come or what to expect. I…

No Where to Lay His Head

After our wonderful All Saints service last week, I have been a bit hesitant to focus on our reading from the Book of Amos. On first read, Amos’ statements from God, which say God despises our festivals and takes no delight in our assemblies, and God will not accept our burnt offerings, makes one wonder…

For All the Saints, and Father John Piccione

Writer, Madeleine L’Engle defines the difference between idols and icons in the following way. Idols are those things we admire and often worship which block our ability to see God. Icons on the other hand, illuminate or help us see the face of the God more clearly. Today, we gather to celebrate human icons. Ordinary…