More Valuable than Gold

There are two types of people, those who see the glass as half empty and those who see the glass as half full. St. Paul was one who saw the glass half full. In this morning’s reading from his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul extorts his reader to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Powerful…

With God as our Center

In the Parable of the Vineyard, Jesus confronts the Pharisees. With the Temple and the children of Israel as the Vineyard, they had been given one task which was to lead the people in producing the fruits of God, compassion, justice, and righteousness. Instead, out of their fear, they forgot who they were called do…

Thy Will be Done.

  “Thy will be done.” These words are probably as familiar to us as our own names. For most of us, we began reciting these four simple words almost as soon as we learned to talk. The problem with familiarity however, is that over time, as the words roll off our tongues by rote, we…

They will know we are Christian by our Love.

During the sixties and seventies, you could be assured, at any of the “new” contemporary guitar masses, you would eventually be singing, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love by our love.” According to this morning’s reading from Romans, if St….

Through Christ We Are Redeemed

It has been three weeks, and all we have heard from St. Paul’s letter to the Roman’s is what feels like an obsession with sin. To be honest, I am not sure an assessment of St, Paul being obsessed with sin would be too far off the mark. Now in a second chapter of this…

We can’t make it alone

We are all familiar with the story of the woman about to be stoned. When Jesus came upon the scene, he stopped the process then commanded only one who had never sinned could throw the first stone. As the story goes, it did not take long for the crowd to leave as no one but…

At what price?

One question of the ages has always been, “why is suffering part of this life?” I am sorry to report, I do not have the answer to this question, even though I have been asked it many times in the midst of pastoral care.  What I do know, are the wrong reasons for why there…

Apostle Means to be Sent

Six years ago I began my search for a new call. Over the four years of searching, I read countless parish websites and profiles. By the time I discovered St. Peter’s, I could almost predict what I would find in each parish’s profile from some flowery language about their mission and vision to their heart…

Don’t Look Up. . .Look Out

I once heard the difference between a historian and a Christian is that the historian looks for Jesus of Nazareth the man who lived and died nearly two millennia ago, and Christian looks for the Christ who continues to live among us. This is why the resurrection accounts of the Gospels and the account of…

Holy Surrender

During the summers of my undergraduate years, I taught swimming for the town I lived in. This was a great job for me back in the day. I enjoyed being in the water all day, truly enjoyed what felt like basically playing with the pre-schoolers who filled most of the beginner swimming classes. And luckily,…

What Have We Done?

Several years ago, a beloved parishioner complained I had ruined Palm Sunday for her. Somehow, somewhere in the recesses of her memory, she could recall a time when the church celebrated both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday on separate days. “Why can’t we go back to that?” She asked. “Palm Sunday is supposed to be…

Waiting for God

I often tell people patience is a virtue, and I don’t have any. Patience that is, not virtues. I, like many of us here today, I am not one who likes to wait. True to my type A personality, waiting feels like a waste of time. Time that I feel could be used for more…