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…

If He Can Do It, So Can We

In Madeline L’engles book, Penguins and Golden Calfs, Icons and Idols In Antarctica and other Spiritual Places, Ms. L’engle defines an icon as that through which we see God and an idol as that which blocks our view of God. As I have prepared for this morning’s celebration of our patronal saint, I have found…

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…

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…

Stand Up For Jesus

In the second act of the musical Chicago, Amos Hart sings “Mr. Cellophane Man.” as he laments his being invisible to the world. According to his song, being the poor, undereducated, and the neglected husband of Roxie Hart made him a nonperson in the eyes of the Chicago Tribune and Billy Flynn his wife’s lawyer….

The Only Thing You Just Cannot Earn!

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a young man named Andrew. At the time of our meeting Andrew was just beginning his freshman year in high school. Like everyone who has ever met Andrew, I was immediately struck by his outgoing nature, his warm smile, his accepting nature and the joy he…

From Mountain Top to The Valley Below.

As most of you are aware, Maureen, the girls and I spent last weekend in Jamaica to attend our nephew Sam’s wedding. Now I know many of you are thinking, “what a rough life, a destination wedding in the middle of February.” To some degree, you have a right to think that. But before you…

The State of the Saints Report

On the morning of December 16th, the church doors were opened at nine a.m. to welcome the parents and other family members of our thirty plus pre-school students. For just over an hour, all were regaled with the songs and poems of our three and four year olds as the Christmas story was brought to…

Are You Ready to Follow?

In this week’s Gospel, we hear Matthew’s version of Jesus calling the disciples, Peter, Andrew, John and James. All are fishermen, all of whom, I assume, had known Jesus prior to his arrival on the shores of Galilee. I have to admit though, I get a little confused with the writer’s geography, because at one…

The Perfect within the Imperfect

Thirty years ago I was given Barbara Robinson’s tale of the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Her story takes place in what could be any church, in any town across America in which the Christmas story is told through the innocence of Children. Just like our pageant which took place last week, this pageant was shrouded…

Mary the Revolutionary?

So often we are called to serve justice. At Baptism, we vow to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect dignity of every human being. In the Bible, justice is mentioned 194 times. In Psalm 72, the writer asks ‘Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.”…

A Time to Transcend

For the past decade there has been an interest in what comes after death. On television, several shows have focused on this issue. The CW has carried the Vampire Diaries as part of its evening lineup. NBC ran the series Dracula. Dracula followed NBC’s long standing Friday evening drama Grimm, which included a myriad of…