I In 1925 Pius XI proclaimed the feast of Christ the King as an assertion of the Catholic Church’s protest against the rise of fascism and the growing power of communism. Pius XI asserted the old Constantinian power of the Church as the only center of allegiance for Roman Catholics. At a considerable cost to… More Costs of the Kingdom
A nation that forgets its past is vulnerable to becoming a victim of its future. The events of Friday night in Paris are a reminder to all of us, if ever we needed it, of a changed and rapidly changing world. Our hearts reach out to the people of Paris as they awaken to loss and… More We will Remember them!
An interpretation of the fable of the widow’s mite For some time, we have been following the events of Jesus’ road trip from Galilee to Jerusalem. In Mark’s narration of the events along the way Jesus has now reached his destination. Mark 12:38-44 is one of the most remembered passages in the New Testament. It is… More The Two Faces of Tradition
Observing the fervent celebrations of Halloween, an anthropologist studying American culture might add a line in a learned paper: The eve of All Saints and All Souls remains one of the great folk religious customs that unifies the otherwise fractious and quarrelsome North Americans. A little history The weekend of November 1st All Saints-All Souls marks a cultural… More So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
In the culture in which I was raised, making a fuss was considered as something that could only invite personal embarrassment. If you made a fuss, in effect you were drawing attention to yourself, and drawing attention was tantamount to inviting social judgment. Consequently, I am someone who hardly ever makes a fuss, at least,… More Investment of the Heart
Mark 10: 35-45 sits within the unfolding of a series of events on the road trip Jesus takes towards Jerusalem. Like all road trips, for some time we remember the isolated events that happen along the road. Over time however, our memory of isolated events along the way, which at the time occur within their… More Missing The Point: Mark 10 35-45
For audio go to The Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs, Deacon and Director for Spiritual Formation, St. Martin’s Church. Two wrenching images stand out in today’s Gospel lesson. The first is of a young man grieving; trudging away as if weighted down by everything he owns—realizing for the first time the what the high cost is of following… More Gripping Tightly or Holding Lightly (Mark 10:17-31)