If we are honest, we don’t really have to go far to find those living among the tombs. There are those in our communities, those in our neighborhoods, those inside our churches simply wanting to be seen and heard and given the dignity of any human being. There are those who long to experience healing and compassion in a world that is often forgotten them, disabused them of their identities, and pushed them out of the city. There are those who spend their days and nights in the places of the dead, who long for the good news of Jesus’ love, welcome, and hope. So, the invitation to the man dispossessed is now our invitation. We, having been dispossessed ourselves, are invited to imbue the world and the church with new life, new hope, and new inspiration. We are invited to the boldness of welcoming others from the tombs and loosening the shackles that have kept them bound. … More The Living among the Dead
The life of the Trinity is also our life. It is a recognition of our unity and a celebration of our diversity. Acknowledging the diversity of the Trinity as essential is vital because it also acknowledges the diversity of creation as essential. “Black lives matter,! is therefore a statement of sincere belief that all of creation in all of its diversity reflects the very life of the Trinity itself. … More Welcome to Triune Life!
24th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 28, Year B)
Hannah is a progenitor of a faith and vision that boldly proclaims God as the midwife at our side and, come what may, God is not going anywhere! God is the midwife coaxing and soothing, challenging us to push through the pain in order to receive new life. God is the midwife holding us, the world, and all creation in her strong arms, and urging us to choose life and put aside violence, to do justice and put aside greed, to choose faith, hope, and love. God is the midwife that challenges to be in the world in ways that will allow new life to be born. … More She Persisted!
We are simply seeking to imitate God’s love for us as manifested in Christ Jesus. So, remember: “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!” … More Love Received, Love Shared
The narrative question behind the sixth chapter of the fourth gospel is: Do you have life within you? It’s an important enough theme that Jesus raises it nine times. Jesus repeats himself so many times in this one discourse, not because he is forgetful of what he has said, but because Jesus is mindful of our need to hear and of our hunger for life. The repetition is a way of getting our attention, of disturbing us, and waking us up to an invitation to examine the life we are living. … More Living Eucharistic Life
Here at the table can be found all of God’s forgiveness and mercy, all of God’s love and compassion, all of God’s justice and concern for the poor and marginalized. All of God’s grace is given to us in this meal. It is a visible, tangible reminder of what Jesus comes to do: give himself for the life of the world. Eating is necessary for life, and so if we’ve got a new life in Christ, it will require food. … More The Bread We Eat