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…

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…

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…

Be the Salt of The Earth

For my internship year during seminary, I was placed at Trinity Church, Sigourny Street, in Hartford. Some of you may note a familiar ring. This is where our previous Director of Ministry, Dante was placed last year and continues to work for as their social media specialist. In the mid eighties the west end of…

Are You Ready to Follow?

In this week’s Gospel, we hear Matthew’s version of Jesus calling the disciples, Peter, Andrew, John and James. All are fishermen, all of whom, I assume, had known Jesus prior to his arrival on the shores of Galilee. I have to admit though, I get a little confused with the writer’s geography, because at one…

What Are You Looking For?

I find this morning’s passage from John’s Gospel a bit odd. As we all heard, our passage began with John the Baptist seeing Jesus soon after Jesus’ baptism and then proclaiming to all who could hear him that Jesus is the Lamb of God. He then witnesses to what he experienced at the River Jordan….

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…

When?

On most Sunday nights, Maureen and I watch, Once Upon a Time, now an ABC classic which tells the untold stories of our childhood fairytales. Every time an evil spell is cast on Storybrook, a cloud of colorful smoke either descends on the town, or comes up from the sewer pipes. When I reflect on…

Fear Not, for the Kingdom isOurs

One of the great joys of this job is that I get to meet a lot of fascinating people. People who over their lifetimes have truly become the saints of God on Earth. One such person was Ken Hogan. I met Ken soon after I arrived at St Luke’s in the fall of 2003. At…

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…

All Things Come From You O Lord

Growing up, as much as I enjoyed Christmas Day and receiving the myriad of gifts I received from my grandparents, aunts and uncles, I dreaded the days immediately following Christmas. Those were the days my mother set aside for my brothers and me to write the dreaded thank you notes. At the age of six,…

It’s time to move on.

Part of the St. Lawrence experience is being near Adirondack Park. Although it is not a required part of our curriculum, all Laurentians are encouraged, at some point in their academic career, to climb at least one of the forty-nine Adirondack peaks. I had my opportunity early on, in fact, within a month of my…