Mary the Revolutionary?

So often we are called to serve justice. At Baptism, we vow to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect dignity of every human being. In the Bible, justice is mentioned 194 times. In Psalm 72, the writer asks ‘Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.”…

God is Faithful

I grew up under the shadow of my older brother, to whom everything in life seems to come easily. In high school, he was an honor student, varsity athlete, and one of the “popular” kids. As an adult, Ken has seamlessly moved up the ladder of success in the field of finance. He has the…

No Where to Lay His Head

After our wonderful All Saints service last week, I have been a bit hesitant to focus on our reading from the Book of Amos. On first read, Amos’ statements from God, which say God despises our festivals and takes no delight in our assemblies, and God will not accept our burnt offerings, makes one wonder…

What Does God Require of You?

“Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.” Based on these opening words from…

Sleepers Wake for Salvation is Nearer than You Think

The First Sunday of Advent, Year A Very recently I saw a meme on Facebook which said, “Thanksgiving, the holiday for which you give thanks for all you have and then spend the evening shopping for more.” Based on news media, it seems this may be the new reality of Thanksgiving. For days leading up…

What Makes Christ a King

Each day during school vacations the daycare programs around a different theme. Friday is always pajama day. The one day during the week when all the kids are allowed to bring their teddy bears and stuffed animals and come dressed in their pajamas to spend the day playing board games and watching movies. A new…

Sometimes Being Mary is NOT Enough.

August 28th will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech.” Toward the end of this speech, Dr. King laid out his dream for America in terms of what racial equality could/should look like. As I reread the speech, I realize not only did Dr. King set a vision…

King Herod Is Us?

In today’s Gospel, we hear the account of Herod’s beheading of John the Baptist.  There is no doubt that this passage and the account of Herod’s slaughtering of innocents are the two Gospel passages that few, if any pastors, want to focus their homilies on.  Both describe horrific violence, and the taking of life.  More…

Moving Towards Fair And Balanced

For those who may not be aware, this past Tuesday our library was once again converted into a polling site for the Onondaga Board of Elections.  For nine hours, dedicated volunteers waited patiently for those who were interested in casting their vote for the Republican candidate they most wanted to see run against Senator Gillibrand…