The Spirit of the Lord, Sun Dec. 17, 2017

Imagine that you sense that the spirit of the Lord God is upon me. … Re-read these italicized words and pause to internalize them: the spirit of the Lord God is upon me. These words open the Old Testament reading for the third Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)...

Comfort! Dec.10, 2017

What comforts you? Is it news of a friend’s recovery from a severe illness? Is it the sound of a voice of someone you care about? Is it a morning filled with sunshine or the laughter of children in a park? Is it a time of calm prayer? Comfort is at the heart of...

Surprise! Nov. 26, 2017

Ezekiel, from which we read on Sunday November 26, (Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24) wrote during the Babylonian captivity. After the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem the people had begun to question the fundamental theological and political assertions about God’s...

Judgment Day, Nov.12, 2017

The Lord’s coming in final judgment is a thread that unites Sunday’s three readings, (Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thes 4:13-18 and Matt 25:1-13) albeit in very different ways. ** In the first reading, Amos, who wrote in the middle of the 8th Century BCE, warned the corrupt and...