The setting They are gathering on the plain that stretches out before Jesus. The crowds are increasingly drawn by his teachings and healings. Jesus’ teaching on prayer is concise, yet monumental in its implications see last week’s blog entry When you Pray. Jesus now begins casting out demons and makes a series of striking denunciations. He denounces … More You fool!
In the Eucharist, the Book of Common Prayer begins the Lord’s Prayer with the following words: As our Savior Christ has commanded and taught us, we are bold to say “Our Father”. It’s easy to read the tone of this as a command, an exhortation to obedience. Yet, taken within a wider context it’s … More When you pray say this
In a sermon some time ago I mentioned the film The Way in which Martin Sheen plays the role of a father who undertakes to walk the Camino de Compostela, the ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of Santiago (St. James) in the Basque region of northern Spain. It’s a film about love’s redemption … More Contemplation in a World of Action: a tale of two women
Two reflections on race I. Following Easter this year, Al and I took the inside of a week to visit friends in Washington DC. Our friend John is an inveterate day-tripper to places of interest. On one of the days, he had organized a visit to the not commonly known National Building Museum. One of the … More Race: the current lightening rod for otherness
On the 4th of July Weekend, the last thing I feel inspired to do is write a sermon for Sunday. The prospect of a less than half full Church, and the general atmosphere of weekend enjoyment and celebration sap me of any will towards inspired utterance. I notice that I have a number of fragmentary … More A Profusion of Thoughts on the 4th of July Weekend