A Work In Progress

The Season of Advent is a time when all Christians have the privilege to delve into their religious imagination and actively wonder what does the Reign of God look like? While such daydreaming might be difficult, being surrounded by the season of hope and expectation makes it a little easier to imagine a world where…

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…

More Valuable than Gold

There are two types of people, those who see the glass as half empty and those who see the glass as half full. St. Paul was one who saw the glass half full. In this morning’s reading from his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul extorts his reader to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Powerful…

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…

Holy Surrender

During the summers of my undergraduate years, I taught swimming for the town I lived in. This was a great job for me back in the day. I enjoyed being in the water all day, truly enjoyed what felt like basically playing with the pre-schoolers who filled most of the beginner swimming classes. And luckily,…

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…

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…

A Child of the Light

In 2013, I decided to participate in the Ignation exercises, also known as the 19th Annotation. Despite what it may sound like, it had nothing to with pilates, cross fit or yoga. Instead, for thirty weeks, I was guided through a series of daily prayer and other spiritual exercises designed by St. Ignatius of Loyola…