Sunday, November 11, 2018

25th Sunday after Pentecost

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Good Morning, St Hilda St Patrick!  I am so grateful to be here with you this morning.  My heart is literally bursting with love and gratitude for all the ways being in ministry with you blesses me, helps me continue to learn about being a priest, about having healthy balance in my life, about being a mom and wife – and that paycheck helps too.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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We’ve heard the saying: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  And we have all practiced it or can recognize examples in our culture. Like when we see an outfit or a hairstyle we think is particularly attractive or that communicates a message we want to embody, we work to re-create it for ourselves.  Thinking back a decade or three, remember the ‘power tie’ for men or the ‘red power suit’ for women? Or, more recently, ‘Bieber hair’ or ‘Pantsuit Nation’? Millions of advertising dollars are spent to make us think: ‘If I just wear that, I can garner that kind of respect and power, too.”

Sunday, October 14, 2018

21st Sunday after Pentecost

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“You lack one thing.”  “Oh, yeah, what’s that?”  We can imagine the man’s surprise and dismay at Jesus’ words.  “But I’ve done everything I was supposed to. I kept the law and the commandments.”  Doesn’t that make him righteous? He has a comfortable life, with many possessions. Isn’t he successful?  


From the outside this man looks like he lacks nothing.  Even the disciples are perplexed at Jesus’ judgment. Jesus tells the man to sell everything he owns and give the money to the poor - and then come and follow Jesus.  The man goes away grieving at the thought of selling his many possessions.


What IS the one thing the man lacks?  

Sunday, October 7, 2018

20th Sunday after Pentecost

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Good morning, friends.  Today it is especially good to be here with you, with God’s people gathered in community, seeking an extra measure of hope and courage this week.

As if the many feelings swirling around the confirmation process for Justice Kavanaugh were not enough, the gospel today about divorce is one of the most difficult in the lectionary because of the emotions associated with divorce.  

Sunday, September 23, 2018

18th Sunday after Pentecost

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“So what were you arguing about on the road?”  It sounds like a question I might ask my children at dinner:  So, what did you learn at school today? Jesus asks the question, hoping the disciples will come clean about their conversation.
And he gets the answer one might expect.  Heads drop. Shoulders slump. I’m kind of surprised Mark doesn’t tell us one of the disciples said, “Nothin’.” Or my personal favorite, “Stuff.”  I imagine an extra element in this scene: Furtive glances at the others, to see if anyone will dare to say something, anything.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

17th Sunday after Pentecost

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Amidst a long day of traveling, Jesus turns to his disciples and asks, “Who do you say that I am?”
Let’s stop the story in that moment and look around.  Jesus is in the heyday of his ministry. In the chapter leading up to this passage, he has been feeding the thousands, healing people left and right, and teaching his sometimes-quite-dense disciples.  He and his entourage are headed to Caesarea Philippi, and, as they walk, he asks the disciples who the people say he is. For that matter, who do his disciples say he is?