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…

When Scarcity Is Truly An Abundance.

One of the newer non-reality shows on A&E is Hoarders. Based on the one episode I watched, the series covers the lives of individuals who have severe hoarding obsessions. The show begins by showing how this obsession is adversely affecting the life of the individual and their families. It graphically demonstrates their inability to literally…

What Do We Pray For?

In the movie Bruce Almighty, after a round of disappointments, the main character complains that God is not doing God’s job right. God responds by making Bruce God for two weeks. How many of us have often wondered what it would be like to be God, or better yet, imagined the things we would change…

Come Holy Spirit, Come

This morning we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Good News of Christ was spoken in the languages of the known world. Traditionally, this day has been celebrated as the birthday of the Church, it has also been seen as the reversing of the…

Lent, A Time to Breathe

For the past few days, I have been keeping my eye on Facebook as a means of keeping tabs on friends and family in Connecticut who are dealing with this past weekend’s storm. On one hand, I am ecstatic that they got all the snow and we didn’t. On the other hand, I must admit…

Faith. . The Power to Become.

This morning, we heard what I believe is one of the most beautifully written passages in the Bible, the prologue to St. John’s Gospel. I am amazed at how poetically he outlines the movement of the creator from the beginning of time to the birth of Jesus. I am awed by how he manages to…

Repair Ye The Way!

Over the past nine and a half years, I have traveled the 170 mile stretch of the New York Throughway between Syracuse and Lee, Massachusetts fifty times. And it seems, every time I have traveled this stretch of highway some part is under construction. More often than not, there are two or three sections of…

Lessons From Job

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me and seem so far from me.” These are the words that begin the lament of the 22nd psalm, and these are among the final words of Christ from the cross. And it seems they should be the words spewing forth from Job’s mouth at the end…

Who Do You Say He Is?

Who do you say Jesus is?  Do you believe he is a great teacher, as he is held in modern day Judaism?  Do you believe he was one of the great prophets of ancient times as modern day Moslems do?  Or,  do you believe Jesus to be God incarnate, God in the flesh, the eternal…

The Food of Life

This past week, I was invited to attend a preaching circle.  Preaching circles are something new to the diocese designed to bring clergy together to share homilies and discuss elements of preaching to a post-modern, un-churched world.  It was also a chance for the clergy to spend a little time gripping about the current lectionary…