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July 24, 2016

I remember distinctly the day I told my father that I had memorized the Lord’s Prayer. I recited it for him and he was very pleased. I think as a child, I thought I had solved the problem of how to pray with being able to recite the prayer from memory. But life moved o...

June 19, 2016

In today’s gospel, Jesus is doing what we experience from him so many times. He is crossing boundaries.

The first line of our reading makes this clear because it tells us that, “Jesus and his disciples arrived at the country of the Gerasenes…” To make certain we have no...

June 12, 2016

All four Gospels contain a story about a woman anointing Jesus. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus is at the home of Simon the Leper. In John’s Gospel the woman is Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus at their home after Lazarus has been raised from the dead by Jesus.

Luke’s s...

June 6, 2016

Recently I was observing a group of people who had been together in the past, and were becoming

reacquainted.

 

One woman said to another, “Didn’t you have a son who was in a coma?”

 

To which the other woman said, “Yes, that was eight years ago. The doctors kept telling me...

May 23, 2016

This last week as I was driving to Rochester, I kept flipping the radio stations looking for something to listen to. It’s amazing how many stations there are there and how few we have in our area.

 

As I was flipping I hit a station where someone was talking. I paused an...

May 16, 2016

A number of years ago I was attending the Vestry Retreat for my church in Tucson, Arizona. We were at a nice resort in a town called Rio Rico, just north of Nogales and the Mexican Border.

 

We had been discussing some contentious issue, the nature of which I must admit...

May 9, 2016

The seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John falls between the Passover meal that Jesus had with his disciples, where he washed their feet, and the beginning of the Passion narrative.

 

Since in John’s Gospel there is no institution of the Last Supper as in the other th...

May 1, 2016

You might be thinking to yourself, “that Gospel reading doesn’t make sense.” And based on what the designers of the Revised Common Lectionary have given us in this snippet of a reading, you may be correct.

 

We do know that Jesus is in Jerusalem. In John he travels four...

April 3, 2016

Poor Thomas. He is a disciple who is only mentioned once in each of the three other gospels, and then only in a list of the twelve, who has become for many Christians the symbol of doubt.

 

How did this happen?

 

What can we learn from Thomas about our faith?

 

In John’s gos...

March 25, 2016

Now we begin the liturgical time known at the Triduum. Specifically tonight we observe the Last Supper and we wash feet. Over the next three days we will walk the journey of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. It is the most compelling observance of our Christian f...

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