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Living bread fills

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6:35 Jesus’ words ring pretty clearly, don’t they: come to me, all who are carrying heavy burdens, all who need rest from this weary world, anyone who is seeking something more, something else, some alternative to the life as the world presents it to us – I am the living bread that fills. The people in John’s Gospel were all eager for “signs” that Jesus was the Messiah. Yet, Jesus makes a much bolder claim: that He has the power and the authority to overturn the world’s darkness and bring light to that darkness. Yes, we have physical needs and, at thi

Christ the King Sunday

Most of you know that our daughter Chloe Rose is developmentally challenged. That is, of course, not all she is. She is beautiful, joyful, pushy, chatty, sometimes angry, but always her own unique self. But let me take you back to October 14, 2003. Chloe and I were downstairs in the same hospital where, a few floors up, her little sister and mother were briefly residing ... said sister having just been born the previous day. In a weird twist of fate, poor planning, whatever, our 3.5-year-old Chloe had an MRI scheduled that day, the day after the big day of Olivia’s arrival into the world. So, having tried a few times to have a brain scan for Chloe to try and see why she was having so much di

Morning has broken. Rejoice!

Morning has broken like the first morning, blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word! Eleanor Farjeon I cannot hear the words to Eleanor Farjeon’s joyful, resplendent words above without hearing the voice of Cat Stevens! This morning I was praying the Morning Office, using the highly recommend (by me) Mission of St. Clare web-site (see https://www.missionstclare.com/), when I came across a particularly beautiful rendition of Morning Has Broken, sung by the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choristers (Edinboro, Scotland). The song, set to an old Gaelic melody, never fails to remind me of God’s ever re-creating

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 65:17–25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13; Luke 21:5–19 It will take me a bit to get there, so hold onto these words of Jesus for now: This will give you an opportunity to testify … By your endurance you will gain your souls." Jesus’ vision of the future caused me, this week, for many reasons, to turn my gaze to Saint Oscar Romero and the people of El Salvador, a small Central American country that has been caught up in violence and corruption for nearly 4 decades. Oscar Romero was a Bishop of little note when he was elevated to the Archbishopric of San Salvador in the late 1970’s. Most thought he would be a do–nothing bishop who would not take sides in the escalating civil war. But Romero qui

Shining

...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5: 16 We have heard words like Matthew 5:16 for the duration of our Annual Appeal for Stewardship which ends (officially, though much is left to do) on Sunday. And we have discussed, probably not nearly enough, what it means for us to be “the light of the world.” The final part of Matthew 5:14-16, highlighted above, goes a bit further; shining our light before others is one way, a powerful way, that we glorify the God of our lives. I am always mindful that, no matter the season or time of year, there are many, many people in our area, let the alone the wide world, who are in ne

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Haggai 1:15b-2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38 I am always wary of “gimmicky” preaching that is flashy and splashy, but is perhaps a wee scant on the real good news of Jesus Christ: that we are children of the Resurrection and God fills the house of our lives with splendor, as the prophet says today. Having said that, I’m going to get a little gimmicky and show you a video this morning, forgive me if you must, about 3.5 minutes in length, from one of Tracey’s and my favorite shows in recent years, called The Rev. I have talked about it two or three times in sermons before, but never the scene we are about to watch together. The Rev follows a pastor named Adam who is loving, ki

Our way of life, steeped in grace

For by grace you were saved by faith, and it is not your doing; it the gift of God – not the result for works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2: 8-10 What is a way of life? I am not sure that I reflect on that often enough. The way of life that any of us has is the manner in which we engage the world; how we move out into the world and treat other people. Jesus’ followers, after His life on earth, were called followers of ‘The Way,’ or the Way of Jesus. Jesus told his followers, in John’s Gospel, on the night before he died, that the world was to know that they we

All Saints (using Proper 26)

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10 There is a really wonderful picture in your bulletin that my wife took of a door leading into Holy Trinity, Stratford upon Avon in the UK. I use it this week as we discuss the connection between changing location in our faith journey and walking through open doors. Baptism is an open door that leads us into faith, into communal relationship with each other, and an intentional answer “yes” to the call of God on our lives. It is an open door that leads us to the Crucified and Risen Christ we seek and find in the Eucharist each week. Today is the Feast of All Saints, one of the five pivotal days each year for us to celebrate Bapt