The Reign of God is all About Us

This morning the prophet cries, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—“ as the psalmist laments,”  O Lord God of hosts, *how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?” This begins our Season of Advent. Israel is in dire straits, still…

Love Is Greater Than We Think

This morning’s Gospel takes place soon after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Sadducees and the Pharisees question Jesus one last time with the Pharisees again attempting to trip him up. As the great lawyers of their day, the Pharisees try to stump Jesus with a question on the Law. “Which law,” they ask, “is…

All Things Come From You O Lord

I have heard it said there are two things in life that we cannot avoid, death and taxes. Based on this morning’s Gospel this has been true at least since Roman times.  In this morning’s reading, we find Jesus being vetted by the Jewish authorities. Anxious to find a reason to condemn him, the Pharisees…

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….

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…

De we Believe or Not Believe 

 The theme of our Easter journey together has been about challenge. On Palm Sunday we were challenged to acknowledge the darkness within as we became the crowd and shouted to crucify Jesus. On Maundy Thursday, we were challenged, along with Peter, to allow Christ to wash our feet in order to allow Christ to love…

Do not be Afraid

“Do not be afraid,” the angel proclaims to the two Mary’s as they approach the tomb. I am not sure the angel’s words were all that comforting. After all, the two Mary’s had a lot to be afraid of. First and fore most they had experienced an earthquake as they walked from the village to…

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….