14 Pentecost (Proper 16 Year C)21 August 2016 on Luke 13: 10-17 from Linda Mackie Griggs “And just then there appeared a woman…” Nameless and bent almost double, she must have been there all along. Crippled women don’t just appear out of nowhere. But regardless, Luke wants us to know that she was suddenly a person… More Woman, You Are Set Free
Linda Mackie-Grigg’s sermon for 13 Pentecost Year C (Proper 15) 14 August 2016 Isaiah 5:1-7; Luke 12: 49-56 “Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard…” It has been said that when a preacher first approaches a Scripture passage, she should “look for trouble.” Well, today it looks like trouble found the… More Tough Love
A sermon From Linda Mackie-Griggs for 12 Pentecost, Year C (Proper 14) 7 August 2016 Luke 12: 32-40 “Do not be afraid…” Have you ever noticed that whenever we hear this phrase it actually means, “fasten your seatbelts”? This is no exception. This lesson is part of a longer discourse in which Jesus is speaking to… More Do Not Be Afraid, Little Flock
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