When Jesus talks about the heavy yoke, he is talking to those on the spiritual journey on whom a heavy burden had been placed by the Pharisees. Jesus promises those who follow after him a light burden and yoke that is good to bear. To come to Jesus is to discover that the task of getting it all right under the burden of the law is replaced by the absolute gift of God’s abiding presence. … More The Yoke of Jesus
June 28, 2020 (Proper 8A) Lessons for Proper 8A: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; and, Matthew 10:40-42 Let’s just get this straight from the start: Whoever welcomes you welcomes Jesus! And let’s not quibble or equivocate over the definition of “you;” let’s just assume its means everyone for whom the message is meant, that … More A Radical Welcome!
May we find spaces in which we can be brave enough to tell our stories in the light. And to proclaim from the rooftops that all of our hope is in the love of God—redeeming and reconciling love. Love powerful enough to cast out fear. Love radical enough to reorder our world. And God entrusts all of this to you and me and something as fragile as a story. Amen. … More To Tell Our Stories
1st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, TRINITY SUNDAY (Year A)
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!
8th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 13, Year C)
We are called to treat one another with kindness, compassion, humility, meekness and patience just and only because this is the way God treats us. It is that simple; it is that overwhelming; it is that important. We are to treat each other the way God treats us. What guides and shapes our behavior is not to be the worst of how they act, but the highest aspirations of the human spirit, and the fullest image we have what it looks like to be a human being. These rules are for us. Their purpose is not the reforming of others, but the transformation of our own lives. The issues is not what they did or might do, the issue is what God is doing. … More “Find God in all things…”