Christ the Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, as I sat in the Fort Lauderdale airport, I overheard a father ask his teen age children how many days Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Law from God.  The answer he gave was forty days.  What I became more interested in was the conversation which followed.  The younger daughter soon asked…

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…

Pick Up Your Cross And Be Healed

Growing up, I had the opportunity to spend vacations with my Grandparents in Hamden, Connecticut, a town just north of New Haven. As I have mentioned in previous homilies, some of my fondest memories of my grandfather include going to church with him at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven.  While my grandfather’s…

Marked as Christ’s Own For Ever

The following is a homily presented by Joshua Barrett, an OCC student attending St. Luke’s. Just this past September I made a very permanent decision. I got my first tattoo. It is a Jerusalem cross, with equally long sides and four smaller crosses in its corners. I was extremely excited for this symbol to be…

A Year of Thanks

Oprah Winfrey recently said one of the best pieces of advice Maya Angelou gave her was no matter how bad things seemed to be, all ways remember to give thanks to God, even if it is just for the strength to work through the issue. I have to admit, it is excellent advice. This advice…

Prepared?

This week I made a discovery. It’s one that I probably should have made several years ago, but then again, I can be kind of slow at seeing the obvious. Each week our readings for Advent take on different themes which can be reduced to single words. The first theme or word is “watch,” we…

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…

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…

There Is More To It Than Just Showing Up.

We have all been there, planned a dinner party weeks in events, looked forward to the event, to being with friends and family when at the last minute calls start coming in. One can’t make it because of a sick child, another has to cancel because of car trouble and another has had to rush…

Communities Forgive Too!

This morning our Gospel asks us to grapple with one of the most difficult and complex concepts in Christian tradition, that of forgiveness. As I attempt to broach this topic, I am not sure any of us fully understand what it means to forgive someone else. Yes, we understand what it means to forgive the…