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…

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…

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…

It’s NOT About Tomorrow, It’s About Today.

I went on Wikipedia this week to find out how many times someone has predicted the end of the world since the turn of this century. To date, there have been thirty different predictions. The most well-known was last year. The Mayan Calendar predicted the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012….

Mercy, It’s Not Just For Paul

As I begin the homily this morning, I invite everyone to take a moment to make a mental list of what you are grateful for. In this morning’s reading from Paul’s First Letter to Timothy, St. Paul tells his young protégé that he is grateful. Grateful for what? Grateful for God’s mercy. I am not…

Where are all the Lepers Today?

At the beginning of Epiphany, we were reminded that epiphany means, revelation, and this season for the church year is all about the revelation of Christ to the world. Our journey of Sunday mornings began with Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River, we were quickly fast forwarded for a couple of weeks to Jesus calling…