Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Monday, October 4, 2021
This Sunday’s Gospel lesson is the familiar story of the young man who was owned by his possessions rather than the other way around. (I certainly can identify with that guy – and not with the young part…) Jesus has a near-impossible remedy; the disciples were most upset. Give even more away? Are you kidding?!
Monday, September 13, 2021
This month marked the twentieth anniversary of the terror attacks in New York, Washington, and over the skies of Pennsylvania. What I remember most is the initial report that a parishioner relayed to me before the gravity of what was happening was realized, an initial kind of nonchalance that a plane flew into a building. “A strange accident to have,” I thought. Then I recall the shock of a nation, the momentary non-partisan response of our legislators, and the horror of watching - over and over and over again - the planes impacting the buildings and the response at the Pentagon and the accounts of the passengers who defended the flight over Pennsylvania.
Monday, August 30, 2021
Remember the episode when Granny Clampett – “Doctor Granny” had a visit from a fancily dressed woman with a hazy conglomeration of maladies? The doctor cut to the chase pretty quickly. “Get down on your hands and knees and scrub the kitchen floor!” The lady stopped by the next day, most exuberant -- she had followed orders and slept like a baby…
Doing things. Our work, for ourselves and for others, can have healing, holy properties. Jesus had a clear sense of his life’s work; let us follow Our Lord’s example by prayerfully discerning our calling.
Come, labor on.
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain,
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say, “Go work today.”
Minister of Music
Monday, August 9, 2021
I mentioned in a sermon a couple of months ago that I think we live in a world where darkness truly is growing. It is only in my lifetime that the proliferation of drugs and gun violence and terrorism (now including domestic) and any number of other social ills really are worse than they were before, at least in the collective. Part of my daily prayer includes a reminder from the first chapter of John's gospel: A light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it; to bear the (baptismal) light of Christ. To be completely honest with you, I'm finding that increasingly hard to do as the darkness grows. My answer lies in holding tight to the understanding that if I try to be a lone light shining in the darkness, the darkness surely will overcome that light. But if I find others who are also shining Christ's light and those lights are combined, then it becomes light that the darkness does not overcome. From one light-bearer to another...and another and another and another...let's shine and combine our collective light so bright that no darkness will ever overcome!