Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 17th, 2019
I believe that we have a gnawing hunger within our very being named “Security.” Its alias is “Desire.” We constantly seek ways to satisfy this hunger. Advertisers know this and feed our soul hunger. They tempt us with “sugar for the soul” which may satisfy us now but ultimately leaves craving more.
In today’s gospel lesson Jesus did not commend poverty or hunger, or want. But neither did He condemn wealth. Rather he challenged us to take a closer look at our spiritual health in light of our wealth–for we are wealthy by the world’s standard. Jesus invited us to think about the real source of security. What really makes us secure?
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 10th, 2019
We have to be willing to risk going out into waters so deep that we are over our heads. We have to be willing to “take a flier” and risk failure. Isn’t this willingness to act on behalf of God at the very heart of Jesus’ parable about the three stewards who were entrusted with the Master’s money. It was the one who played it safe by burying the money that missed the Master’s pleasure. May each one of us swim in deep waters. And in our splashing glorify God
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
God is not limited by our prejudices. God is a big god, not a small one limited by our likes and dislikes, preconceived notions and prejudices. When we pray “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” we are not giving God permission because God n-e-v-e-r needs permission. Instead, we are acknowledging that God’s will w-i-l-l be done on earth and we can either get on board or get run over.
“Wholeness” is to have that peace that the apostle Paul wrote about when he referred to a peace that surpasses understanding. It is a Christ-like peace seen in the Gethsemane’s garden where Jesus finally submitted to “not my will but thy will be done.” It does not come easily, and I believe that there are times when it does not come at all.
The Fourth Gift is an homage. May we strive to humble ourselves and acknowledge that Christ is Lord of all – our possessions, our treasure, and our very lives. May we not go a single day without asking God what we should do, that the Divine guide us in our thoughts and actions. And may we remember that we are nothing more than humble servants in the service of the King of kings.
In silence, God makes every moment of our ordinary lives holy. God sanctifies even the washing of dishes and taking out the garbage, going to work and working on calculus. There are no real ordinary times or wasted moments under God’s watchful eye. Every moment counts.
On this Christmas Eve, may we sleep peacefully and awake with a new understanding of what it means to be alive…a child of God…claimed in baptism and fed at His Table. May we, like the shepherds, seek the Christ child and find Him. May we, “be not afraid” for we, too, have heard the Good News.
Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
But like a good mystery writer who drops clues throughout a story, Luke tells us time and time again that this new age that is about to dawn with the birth of this Child, this new chapter in salvation history, is going to turn the world upside down!
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