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…

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…

It is Finished! But not over.

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me and seem so far from my cry.” We all know these words. We have all said these words in some form or another at some point in our lives. These are the words of the ages, the psalmist, of Christ and each of us. These are…

To Forgive is Human, To Redeem is Divine

Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and sins are put away. For several years, I had a manager that was, for all intense and purposes, the definition of the manager from hell. He was one of these people that you never knew what to expect one day to the next. There were those days…

The Price of Inclusion

How many of us feel as if their heads are spinning after news broke that the Episcopal Church has been sanctioned by the Anglican Communion for moving forward on same-gender marriage. I suspect what really has our heads spinning is that most of us had no idea the primate’s meeting taking place in Canterbury. Now…

How did it all go so wrong?

On Tuesday evening, I prayed with our icon of the crucifixion.  As I meditated while gazing at the cross, I found myself asking how had everything gone so wrong.  There before me was God incarnate hanging lifeless on a cross.  As Pilate mockingly asked the crowd last Sunday, I too asked, why? What crime has…

Who are we? Thoughts for Maundy Thursday.

The search for identity begins with the questions, who am I,and where do I come from.  The search is a process that begins as soon as we realize  we are somehow different and separate from others.  My nephew Noah, when he was five, knew there was something unique about him.  My brother and sister-in-law adopted…

Why We March Today

What an interesting day this is. We begin today praising Jesus and then end our day condemning him.  If ever there is a day of extremes in the church calendar, today is it.  But then again, the extremes of today may not be the polar opposites we think they are. Today is one of those…

You Will Never Walk Alone

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me and seem so far from my cry?” These are the opening words of Psalm 22 made familiar to us as the final words of the cross in the Gospels according to Matthew and Mark. Over the next two weeks we will hear t and recite these…

Come Out Into the Light

Since the days of Moses, God has been calling humanity into the light and ultimately into life itself.  After giving the laws to Moses, God ends by telling the Children of Israel, “on this day I give you blessing and curse, life and death, choose life.  In this morning’s reading from the Book of Numbers,…

What Do You Do With An Angry Jesus?

I find this morning’s Gospel to be one of the most difficult passages to deal with. Not because it contains raw emotion and a bit of violence, but because the source of that  anger and “violence” is from Jesus. These are not the attributes we usually associate with Jesus, and often times this is the…