To be the Church is to be concerned about others, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized among us, there is no way around that.
Situated among the complexity of our lives, Easter may not feel all that important, but in case you don’t know: joy lives in close proximity to possibility.
This week, which marks the final human steps of Jesus, is holy only inasmuch as it is rooted in the presence Christ – God incarnate – who comes into the middle of all of this dissonance and sets up a home here because holiness is not about purity. Holiness is about where God chooses to make God’s home
Jesus weeps, and his tears become a human expression of God's divine intention to enter our pain and confusion and to love us to life again and again because God is at God’s heart a God of life.
Jesus is inviting each of us to see more deeply. To see abundance where there is scarcity, to see friend where there are enemies, to see community where there is estrangement, to see light even in the face of the deepest darkness.
In good times and bad, in happiness and sadness, in times of plenty and in times of little, God is God and, in the words of an old Negro Spiritual, “he don’t never change.”
The Transfiguration is the foretaste of glory divine that we carry with us as even as turn our faces towards Lent and share in the sufferings of Christ.
The Feast of the Holy Name... is the Feast that begins our year with hope and joy in the reality that we are connected to this messianic hope that God has come to save us.
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2.4 (NRSV) Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father, from Jesus Christ our … Continue reading Sermon: Beginning Again. Beginning Anew.
When we serve those are hurting or broken or hurting, we don’t do it to show off how wonderful we are. Rather, we reveal to depth to which we too are in need of healing.