Category: Pastor’s Corner Archive

What Are We About?

In Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard writes: “On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 3:19 pm

Seize the Moment

Lent and today’s readings are an invitation to action. In the reading from Exodus we have an account of Moses’ experience of God. It is the famous story of the burning bush. Moses saw and was fascinated by a bush that was burning but not being consumed by the fire. As he draws near to […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 3:18 pm

Promised Change

Today as I walked over to the church a light dusting of snow was on the ground. As I looked at the garden, the green of crocus and hyacinth were pushing up through the ground and snow. In the cold of winter, I sense the promise of spring. We know that the promise of Lent […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 3:14 pm

Lent an Encounter with God

In today’s readings, we hear of three transforming encounters with God. Isaiah speaks of a vision he had of God. His initial reaction is one of fear and he becomes aware of his weakness. “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips … “ Isaiah then senses he has […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 3:09 pm

Courage

The dictionary defines courage as “the attitude or response of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult or painful instead of withdrawing from it .” Courage costs! In today’s gospel passage, Jesus challenges his hearers to broaden their horizons. He tells them that God’s Kingdom is for all and not just the people […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 3:04 pm

Word and Action

We have all heard the expression “talk is cheap” or “put your money where your mouth is.” We know that much of the rhetoric in political campaigns never become reality after an election. Words are meaningless unless they are put into action . In today’s gospel passage, we have an example of someone, Jesus, who […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 3:00 pm

The Best is Yet to Come

A marriage celebration is a special event for the couple, families and friends. It is an event filled with hope for the future . Vows meant to last a life-time are made. A reception, a banquet celebrates with joy, a future of being together. It is t his imagery that the Scripture uses to describe […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 2:55 pm

Openness and Humility

Today we celebrate the Feast of The Epiphany of the Lord. We are all familiar with the story of the three Magi and their figures are part of our nativity sets. This story reminds us that openness and humility are necessary if Christ, the Light of the world, is to dispel darkness from our lives. […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 2:56 pm

Baptism and Beginnings

Today we celebrate the Feast of The Baptism of the Lord. This feast brings the Christmas Season to a close and begins Ordinary Time. It is not so much about ending something as a call to begin something. We are reminded that Christ came into the world to do something. He had a mission – […]

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 2:47 pm

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