Easter is more than a season, it is a way of life. We are called to be an Easter people boldly living the Good News of Resurrection in a Lenten world.
We have to find ways of countering the all-too-often-too-small narrative of our politics with the bigness of G-d.
The blessing of G-d has nothing to do with how little or how much you have. You are blessed by association, blessed by proximity to a G-d who chooses to be known among us, to call us into a family, that through us the world around us might be drawn into a close-encounter of the G-d kind.
Sometimes these intermittent glimpses of beauty are all we need to keep us in the frightening moments of our lives. Sometimes, these little gems of light are all that hold us in the darkness.
This painstakingly slow process of conversion is the Gospel’s way of knocking the harsh, jagged corners off of our world and off of each of our hearts and both reveal their original light and goodness – the imago Dei, the image of G-d.
Baptism is, at its heart, a sacrament of compassion and radical connectivity to those whom we will never meet or whose experiences we will never know, but whose living is inextricably tied to our own. In Baptism we are made one – here and now.
[Sermon delivered on Sunday, December 27, 2015 (Christmas I) at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer – Greensboro, NC by the Rev’d. Fr. Marcus G. Halley] But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will … Continue reading Sermon: In Love, For Love
[Sermon delivered on Sunday, December 20, 2015 (Advent IV) at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO by the Rev'd. Fr. Marcus G. Halley] And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from … Continue reading Sermon: When the Women Sing
...grace may be God’s abundant love and “favor toward us, unearned and undeserved,” but carrying this grace is a two-handed endeavor. Like writer of Hebrews suggests, grabbing hold to grace necessitates that we “lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
Contrary to conventional wisdom, belief is openness, not closedness. Faithful belief is not a hermetical seal preventing us from being influenced by those on the outside; rather, it is an invitation to be changed in unexpected ways and from unexpected places.