Sunday, April 19, 2015

Homily: Third Sunday of Easter

So we moved from Lent into Easter, singing our alleluias, with the church bells pealing, rejoicing that Jesus Christ is risen indeed – but what do we do now?  How does this Easter Season change us?  How do we live differently than we did before?  
In this week’s readings we hear a word repeated twice which leading linguistics experts say is a, “linguistic and theological tragedy and the worst translation in the New Testament.”  What is the word? And once you understand what it really means – how can it answer the questions raised?
How can it change your life?

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Holy Week - The Holiness of Your LIfe


One of the many blessings of being married clergy...is having a wife who is so centered, grounded and supportive. Enjoy this blog post she wrote to be posted here!

As we held our Palms today and heard Mark’s gospel proclaimed I was most struck by the line where temple veil was torn in two. At this moment of Jesus’ death, there was no longer separation of sacred to profane. Thus it is a time to remember that our bodies, our lives…doing dishes, weeding a garden, making food for our families, caring for elderly parents or small children…all of our daily activities are holy.

There is never a moment when Christ is not present in our lives—even when they seem mundane.

The Ancestral Pueblo people of the Southwestern United States constructed kivas like the one in this photo which I took at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. These Ancient Pueblo people were aware of the sacredness and sanctity of the earth and of all their daily activities. That brilliant ray of sunlight streaming into this sacred and quiet place in the earth reminds me of the need to always be in communion with this holiness.

In the Catholic tradition, the joy of Holy Week is that we take very ordinary materials, palms, oil, water, and incense in order to not to MAKE us holy but to remind us about and to re-connect us to our own inherent holiness.

Carrie Newcomer reminds us of this sacredness of the ordinary in her song Holy As the Day is Spent. My favorite line is “folding sheets as folding hands.” Maybe you could start this Holy Week by listening to this song and being aware of how very holy your own life really is…it really is...really.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Homily: 5th Sunday of Lent



As we come into the final weeks of our Lenten journey– the question on my mind is: How well do we see Christ in our lives?   

Unfortunately I think many people miss the opening line in this week’s Gospel which starts out saying some Greeks came to worship at the Passover Feast and they asked to see Jesus - and their query seems to be more than just star-crazed gentiles looking to get a glimpse of Jesus. But I would guess the answer Jesus gives them was more than they were looking for.

So how can Tim Shriver, Special Olympics and Kodak help us make sense of this week’s Gospel?

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Homily: 1st Sunday of Lent


Based on today’s Gospel it would seem that before Christ could begin his ministry, a time of desert wilderness was necessary.  This  First Sunday of Lent reminds us of the need for time in our own desert experience…but one which is deeper than just pledging renewed New Year’s resolutions.

What does that looks like?  The answer is brought to light by what the Mayan Indians did 1,000 years ago on an island off the Florida Keys.  What was it?  And how does it help open our eyes to what we need to do to deepen our Lenten experience?

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Homily: Baptism of the Lord 2015




In yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus is baptized in the Jordan by John and when he comes out of the waters he hears the words that should echo in each of our hearts and souls every day.  It is core to our baptisms – core to our life.  The problem is that we have forgotten the sounds of those words…and thus can be headed in the wrong direction when it comes to our own spirituality.   

What are those words?  And why do we need to listen for them…but more importantly, why do need to repeat then to those in our lives?  

Check out what I have to say on this.

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