The Perfect within the Imperfect

Thirty years ago I was given Barbara Robinson’s tale of the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Her story takes place in what could be any church, in any town across America in which the Christmas story is told through the innocence of Children. Just like our pageant which took place last week, this pageant was shrouded…

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,…

Be Not Afraid

Several years ago Maureen and I were invited to attend my cousin Jennifer’s wedding just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Both Maureen and I looked forward to this occasion; so on the day the invitation arrived we lost no time in making our reservation where the bride and groom had reserved a block of rooms. Now…

Saying Yes to the Impossible

My favorite piece of music is the Quest, more popularly known as the Impossible Dream from the musical, Man of La Mancha. Don Quixote sings it to Dulcinea while locked in a Spanish prison during the Inquisition. The words are moving and powerful, especially when sung in the context of a man whose life was…

Do you know?

In his now popular Christmas Song Mark Lowry asks Mary, Did You know what it would mean to be the Mother of God. As much as I love this wonderful piece of music, I have to ask, do any of us, let alone Mary, know what it means to have God in our midst? I…

Procaim the Greatness of God.

On each of the past three Sundays, I have focused on key words or thoughts from our readings. On the first Sunday of Advent we focused on what it means to watch or to wait for God. Advent is a time to keep watch or to patiently wait for the signs of the kingdom’s arrival….

With You, I am Well Pleased.

Very little is known about Jesus as a child or young adult. If it were not for the one storyof Jesus being lost in the Temple at twelve, we would have no idea of Jesus’ life was like between the ages of two and thirty. The only way to fill this twenty-eight year gap is…

We need a little Christmas

As I reflect over the events of 2012, the words from the musical Mame , “Yes we need a little Christmas now!” seems somehow prophetic. Just in the last month, we have repeatedly witnessed how dark and evil this world can be. Thirty-five people, twenty of them children in first grade, have died as the…