Through Christ We Are Redeemed

It has been three weeks, and all we have heard from St. Paul’s letter to the Roman’s is what feels like an obsession with sin. To be honest, I am not sure an assessment of St, Paul being obsessed with sin would be too far off the mark. Now in a second chapter of this…

Love +Faith = Forgiveness

How many of us have often thought, “if only I had more faith?” I find it comforting this morning that we are not the first to have felt this way. This morning’s Gospel begins with the disciples asking Jesus to help them “ increase their faith.”  Unfortunately the request is taken out of context. For…

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…

Racism, Sin and Preparing for Christ

In recent week, there have been several discussions on racism at St. Peter’s in preparation for our lenten symposium. Like other sensitive topics, just figuring out how to approach racism in a non-judgmental way has proven difficult. Nobody wants to think or even begin to believe that they could in anyway be considered racist. As…

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…

Reduce Stress, Forgive Your Neighbor

As my Uncle Don likes to say, the Swan family descends from a group of very stubborn Swedes, the most stubborn of all being my grandmother. My grandmother was an interesting person. When she wanted to be, she could be the sweetest, most generous person one could ever meet. She and my grandfather had many…

Fear and Anger vs. Peace and Love

When our daughters were growing up, I don’t think a week went by when one of them didn’t complain how a decision either Maureen or I had made was not fair. To this I would often reply, “I am the parent, I don’t have to be fair, I just have to look out for your…

To forgive is human. .to trust again 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 from one day to the next.  There were those…