Thursday, November 27, 2014

Princeton Thanksgiving Day Prayer Service

This morning I was invited to be a guest homilist at the Princeton Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service at the Princeton University Chapel.

Here is the reflection I gave on the Paradox of Gratitude.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Homily: Feast of Christ the King

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  That is some title for the Feast Day which we celebrate on this last Sunday of the Liturgical Year.  But was Christ all about kingship and ruling and thrones and laws?

Or was it really something else?

Is this really what the Franciscans had in mind, in the early 20th century, when they asked Rome for a Feast day to honor the Cosmic Christ?

So what is this Feast Day all about?  And what does the Gospel tell us about how we will be judged?

More importantly what direction does it give us to live a better life? 

Click here for a podcast of the homily

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Remembering The Sabbath

Exodus 20:1-17 gives us the infamous Ten Commandments. Perhaps, like me, you had to memorize them in grade school or CCD. Not sure how many can recite them all, but certainly grilled into us growing up was # 3 (actually #4 in some Christian communities):  “Remember the Sabbath day – keep it holy.”  Interestingly all of the other nine Commandments are given only one verse – but there must have been a high degree of importance on this one as it takes four full verses to explain what it means to keep the Sabbath holy:

“Remember the sabbath day—keep it holy. Six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God. You shall not do any work, either you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your work animal, or the resident alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy”

Unfortunately, over the years, this has been taught to mean: You have to come to Church every Sunday…or else.  And while I am all for the importance of community prayer each week, Church attendance it is certainly not critical for salvation (but that is a blog for another day).  But “remembering the Sabbath”….well that could change your life.

And while I do not have any slaves or work animals or resident aliens living with me, I do have my cell phone, Ipad, laptop, Surface 3, 5 Facebook pages, 2 websites, 2 companies and this blog – all to keep me occupied…all to keep me away from finding sabbath time…all from keeping me quiet and still to hear God’s voice.

I actually blogged about this topic just about a year ago.  At that time I made some brief headway into holding Sabbath somewhat sacred, but it slipped away.  It is difficult for us who have to work weekends at Church, to find another day of the week that we can hold the sacred sabbath.

But that is what Teresa and I will begin doing again on Monday.  Nothing daring like a weekly sabbath (at least not yet), but by beginning a couple times a month to shut down the electronics and the outside world in order to honor the ‘seventh day’ to rest, to listen and to be still.

And that actually sounds….delightful.

Interested in more reflection on the Sabbath?  See this piece by our friend Mirabai Starr.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s Gospel ends on a wrenching note. “Many are invited, but few are chosen” That doesn’t sound too Christ-like to me.  And unfortunately it is one of those lines in the Bible that is often misread, misunderstood and misused. 

So how is this Good News? 

Is it true that only a few are “chosen?”

And what is deeper meaning of this parable that calls you and I to make a choice in our daily lives?

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Click here for today’s readings

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catechetical Sunday...Parable of the Vineyard Workers...Alicia Keys and Richard Rohr.  How do they all come together in order to shed light on your salvation and possibly a new found focus on your life?

Well, check it out!

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