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.”…

Prepare the Way

For twelve years I traveled the 170 mile stretch of the New York Throughway between Syracuse and Lee, Massachusetts at least fifty times. And it seems, every time I traveled this stretch of highway some part was under construction. More often than not, there were two or three sections of construction. All of this construction…

We Are All God’s Children

In the midst of the third and final presidential debate on October 19th Donald Trump captured the tenor of this whole election season when he responded to Secretary Clinton with “ I’m not the puppet, you are!” The exchange summed up how juvenile and petty the campaign has become on both sides. It also demonstrated…

TheTougher Side of Christ

From the day I announced my intention to be ordained, my father would always use his image of Jesus against me whenever he felt I was being uncharitable. His image of Christ was the same one many of us hold near and dear in our hearts. It is the one synonymous with the image of…

A Neighbor is a Neighbor, NO Matter Who

The Parable of The Good Samaritan is one of the first Bible stories we learn as children. The message is simple, Jesus commands to us to both love our neighbor and to have compassion for him as well. To maintain this parable at this level, does it an injustice. The story is filled with innuendo…

Respect and Transform

This week My mother and I took our bi-monthly journey to the Uconn Medical Centenr with to meet with her geriatrician. Although the trip is less than ninety miles each way, it may as well be a lot further as each trip pulls me away from this place of detachment and denial back into the…

The Higher Authority

Years ago, Hebrew National Hotdogs ran an advertising campaign featuring Uncle Sam smiling while holding a hotdog. The voice over discussed all the artificial ingredient the United States Food and Drug Administration allowed them to use to produce a hotdog. The tag line at the end was, “not us, we have to answer to a…

The More Things Change

I have often heard it said, ” the more things change the more things stay the same.” This is akin to a basic law of the Episcopal Church, “if we’ve always done it that way, why change now.” Both attest to the fact that the basic function of any group, whether a church or a…

Saying Yes to the Impossible

My favorite piece of music is the Quest, more popularly known as the Impossible Dream from the musical, Man of La Mancha. Don Quixote sings it to Dulcinea while locked in a Spanish prison during the Inquisition. The words are moving and powerful, especially when sung in the context of a man whose life was…

What is Truth?

This morning we are faced with what appears to be two conflicting truths when Pilot asks Jesus if he is the King of the Jews. To this Jesus answers in a bit of a riddle, neither admitting nor denying the allegation and then hinting at a royal reality that is beyond the realm of the…

Service for All

Three years ago, I had the honor of baptizing a boy named Brennan. At the time, Brennan was six years old. Like most typical six year old boys, Brennan preferred recess and lunch over academics. He gave his mother a hard time when it came to eating vegetables, and he loved Taylor Swift. Actually, when…

All Lives Matter!

In recent months, I have seen a preponderance of memes on Facebook stating different lives matter. It began soon after the events in Ferguson, Missouri when memes began to reflect the long held feelings of the African American population of not being seen as insignificant. The memes simply stated what racism has denied them, Black…