2 Advent 2021

I have a little book called “The Bishop is Coming!” (Paul V. Marshall).  It contains among other things check lists of all those things you need to know to have the bishop’s visit go smoothly, for everyone to look and feel like they know what they are doing, and to make the visit special andContinue reading “2 Advent 2021”

Advent 1 2021

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. (T.S. Eliot Little Gidding sec. V) And so is Advent. Advent is a new beginning, a new liturgical year, a new gospel to explore, the anticipation of the birthContinue reading “Advent 1 2021”

20 Pentecost 2021

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? These poignant words from the Psalmist, later spoke by Jesus on the cross and even what John of the Cross called the “Dark Night of the Soul” are affirmation of relationship.   We don’t miss people of whom we have no knowledge, and the more someone’sContinue reading “20 Pentecost 2021”

19 Pentecost 2021

Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” Some subjects have been controversial, and yet unavoidable since the beginning of time.  What I would like to do this morning is put this text in context and also compare it with some other biblical passagesContinue reading “19 Pentecost 2021”

18 Pentecost 2021

This morning’s gospel reading may seem to you to be a bizarre and disconnected collection of sayings by Jesus and you wouldn’t be totally wrong.  I suspect Jesus did not say them randomly back-to-back as they are listed here, but Mark has chosen them to make a point and I hope we can tease thisContinue reading “18 Pentecost 2021”

17 Pentecost 2012

When my boys were young, we had boxes of superheroes and super villains, all sorted by story line: He-man, GI Joe, Star Wars, and Dick Tracy.  Even though there were a dozen characters in each box, there were sure to be arguments, especially if there were more than two children playing.  With 2, one couldContinue reading “17 Pentecost 2012”

16 Pentecost 2021

“No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” (John Donne, Devotion XVII) We have lost the sense of community that once existed.  About the same time that John Donne wasContinue reading “16 Pentecost 2021”

14 Pentecost 2021

“The unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates as quoted by Plato in the Apology. Both our reading from the Gospel of Mark and our reading from James’ Letter call us to examine our lives.  What is our purpose? What are we trying to accomplish?  Are the things we are doing helping or hurting whatContinue reading “14 Pentecost 2021”