I’ve been listening quite a bit lately to the modern French composer Olivier Messiaen. Messiaen was a devout Christian, a Roman Catholic, and was for over 50 years the organist at the Holy Trinity Church in Paris. Now, I warn you, if you run out and buy some of Messiaen’s music, you’re likely to find it jarring and off-putting at first. (more…)
I’d like you to remember that question. I’ll try to keep asking, to remind you and me. What if?
For the past several weeks, we’ve been hearing snippets from the biblical book we call the Letter of James. If you’re like me, you’ve listened during the reading, and maybe followed along on your service sheet insert, and then promptly forgotten what you had heard. (more…)
It is always good to be here, to have the honor of speaking to you and presiding at this altar, and today somehow I feel that especially. It seems a moment to reflect that it’s been a challenging, choppy time for Incarnation this past nine months or so, often painful and/or confusing for many of you, I know.
All of life is transition, but this last year it has been especially so, and we humans find change and transition and uncertainty stressful even though they are, fact, the norm. (more…)
It’s all too big for them. Its all too out of control. Whirlwinds. Surf, beating at the little boat. Teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?
Now, really. What are they expecting him to do? Yes, they’ve witnessed some miraculous healing. Yes, they’ve seen him exorcise a demon. They’ve heard him teach and they’ve heard the confusing stories he tells. But now—just what are they expecting from him in the middle of a hurricane? (more…)
2 Corinthians 5:6-17 – “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”
For me, an example and vibrant part of that new creation is the awareness that the person who is sitting in front of you, the one sitting behind you, and on either side of you, are potential healers. You are a potential healer, but you and they do not know that to be a fact. (more…)
Trinity Sunday, Year B – Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and, I note, that we, too, like Nicodemus, may need the cover of darkness to safely approach God. Nicodemus is a Pharisee, zealously observing a tight, rule-based faith. But notwithstanding the discipline of his piety, down in his soul, his intuition tells him that Jesus holds a truth that he is seeking. (more…)