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…

We Are the New Earth!

 A few months back I introduced what Ellen Davis refers to as the religious imagination. It is that part of our spiritual life that allows us to imagine that life on this earth can be so much better than it is. Professor Davis argues, one of the greatest challenges facing Christianity today is our failure…

Where’s Jesus?

Like the popular “Where’s Waldo” books of the past decade, the earliest followers of Jesus awoke Easter morning asking, “where’s Jesus?” He wasn’t where he was supposed to be, certainly not in the tomb where they expected to find him. The burial cloths were there but the rock used to seal the tomb had been…

New Hope, New Possibility

I have come to believe, in order to live in Central New York, one has to be a person of great faith.  Every fall, as we head into winter, we journey forward in faith, trusting that spring will arrive sometime between March 21st and May 30th.  This year it has been especially hard to keep…

We Trust with the Heart, Not The Head

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…

Christ is Alive, Let ‘s All Shout It Out!

Last summer I read, The Returned, by Jason Mott, which is now the basis for the new ABC series, Resurrection. The book and series are based on Mr. Mott’s attempt to answer the question, what would he do if people from his past suddenly returned to life. His questions included: How would he react? What…

Look Again to See.

Several years ago I had the great privilege of meeting Sister Marise May, a member of the Order of St. Francis. When I first met Sr. Marise, I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated; she was the lead instructor and my mentor while I was training in spiritual direction. However, throughout the months…

United in Death and Resurrection

This morning we gather to celebrate the culmination of our forty day journey. A journey that began on Ash Wednesday. At that time, I invited us into a very different sort of Lenten journey. I asked us to let go of what we think we know and who we are and journey with me as…