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March 28, 2019

"We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found."

Luke 15:31-32  

Our Gospel for this Sunday is the parable from Luke that is generally known as "The Parable of the Prodigal Son." And for the l...

March 24, 2019

Here is that concept of repentance. If our Baptismal promises are to be believed, we all are in need of repentance. We sometimes take this the wrong way, and become immediately defensive, but Jesus didn’t come among us as God incarnate, for nothing. We are sinners, we...

March 21, 2019

For here we have no lasting city but we seek the city which is to come.  

Hebrews 13:14, RSV

The Benedictines, monks who practice the holy life in the "way of St. Benedict," have a vast series of rules handed down to them from the Saint himself. We think of rules and res...

March 17, 2019

Genesis 15:1–12,17–18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17–4:1; Luke 13:31–35

We were tremendously blessed this past Thursday to have The Rev. Dr. Kathy Grieb amongst us. And she led us powerfully through Luke’s Gospel, particularly calling part of it The Journey Motif. And I be...

March 14, 2019

“We can learn to know ourselves and do what we can – namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us.” St.  Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa is one of the most alluring and venerated saints of the Catholic tradition (ours holds her to be a saint, as well). She was an...

March 10, 2019

Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

My father is a pretty patient guy, and always has been, even when we were little. But my older brother Mark always tested his resolve to be patient. He was the instigator of many a donnybrook which of...

March 7, 2019

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to break the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free …. remove their yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil…then your light shall rise in the darkness and the g...

March 3, 2019

Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

The notion that it is Christ’s grace and mercy that dissolves the shadowy veil that would hide us from God is one so powerful, so unique, so complete that it still takes my breath away. The saving...

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