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We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
Anxiety can come in two flavors: chronic and acute. . . .As Christians how can the practice of our faith help?
Today’s readings are a simple declaration that Jesus rose from the dead with a physical body. This was difficult to believe from the very beginning, but those who met the risen Jesus had no doubts afterward. The account in the Gospel of John is vivid and clear.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
distractions cannot be overcome; one must let them wash over and past. Like swimming in the surf. To swim against the breakers one must dive into them and join the water.
…we should rejoice whenever we see love being expressed in extravagant giving. Divine love is always extravagant and costly.
We are saved from a life of sin for a live of good. We are saved from a life of alienation and selfishness for a life of community and love.
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
So as we walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem in this season of Lent, we find ways to stop clinging to our lives and rather spending them extravagantly in love and compassion. We will find power in letting go.
We are people called to proclaim the Gospel both in what we say and in the way we live our lives.
We all get to be the conduit through which God’s love pours forth into the world touching the lives of all whom we meet.
Let us be created anew by the Spirit of God. Let us create a new world through love.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent E. Bevan StanleyDecember 20, 2020Year B 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16Romans 16:25-27Luke 1:26-38 Mary said to the angel, “Let it be with me according to your word.” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen. King David was finally established on his throne. There were no wars at the moment […]
The Third Sunday of Advent E. Bevan StanleyDecember 13, 2020Year B, RCLIsaiah 61:1-4, 8-11Psalm 126 or Canticle 3 or Canticle 151 Thessalonians 5:16-24John 1:6-8, 19-28 “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. This is John the Baptist, not […]
This is the feast of Christ the King. God calls us to be loyal citizens of God’s Kingdom.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
“Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
I don’t know about you, but I am finding myself getting grumpy about this COVID19 thing, the divisions in our country, and not being able to gather with friends and family
We start with the Ten Commandments. This is a simple, forthright expression of a vision for the people of God. This is apodictic law. It does not say what will happen if we do not obey these commandments. They simply say, “This is the way it should be.
This is the feast of St. Michael’s and All Angels. What do we know about Angels in general and St. Michael in particular?
From Exodus: “The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
Our three readings today invite us to consider the topic of confronting evil—the evil in ourselves, in our fellow Christians, and in our country. Let us take them in the order we heard them.
a half year of confusion, fear, grief, and a whole range of emotions can really change us as individuals and as a collective community.
What we see here in the reading from the Hebrew scriptures is a beautiful example of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Well, we have been buffeted by a wind this week. On top of CVID19 and confronting the systemic racism in our country, losing power, phone, and internet is seems unnecessary. For some of us it may feel like we are sinking. At the very least we need to bailing the boat. Wouldn’t be nice to just be able to walk on top of the troubled waters of our lives?
Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. (This is a subjective genitive—the love God has for us.) Nothing in all creation, not COVID-19, not racism, not wealth inequality, not disagreements about politics or masks. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God loves everyone, no exceptions.
So, we begin with Paul: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
The good news is that this anxiety about disease and the turmoil about racism both can tools in the hand of our divine gardener to break up our packed earth, rake out the stones, and pull up the thorns, so that our hearts can receptive to the words, the blessings, and the love of God which is broadcast so liberally upon our lives.
God loves us, everyone of us, no exceptions. And the yoke Jesus invites us to shoulder are to love God and love each other, no exceptions.
God loves you. God loves me. God loves everyone. Even the people we don’t, even the ones that cause damage to the world, even the ones who harm us. God loves everyone. No exceptions.
I am sick and tired of this pandemic. I am sick and tired of racism and the abuse of power. I am sick and tired of polarization. I am sick and tired of death. And I am sick and tired of talking about them.
We proclaim the possibility of a new and better world for which God yearns. And we dedicate ourselves to helping to build that new world. A world of justice, where authority and power are used to protect the weak from the strong, the poor from the rich, and the minority from the majority
In this time of COVID19 and the response to the killing of George Floyd, it may seem irrelevant to be focusing on the arcane doctrine of the Trinity. Is that not merely a flight from the difficult issues of the day? Or might thinking about the Trinity provide a context or lens through which we might see our current context more clearly?
Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” In the Name of God. Amen.