Recent Sermons & Reflections

She Flies On

What a wonderfully mysterious entity or energy the Holy Spirit is! The first reading today consists of the first five verses of the Bible, at the start of the creation story. Right there, right at the beginning, the Spirit of God is present, hovering or brooding over...

Reviewing our year with the examen

December 31, 2017 This is the last day of the year, and as I’ve been listening to various reviews of the year politically, globally, comedically, it occurred to me that reviewing our year as a faith community would be a good exercise. I don’t mean an exhaustive...

Delight: Dec. 31, 2017

“Optimism is based on the possibilities of things as they have come to be; hope is based on the possibilities of God, irrespective of how things are… Hope is based on the faithfulness of God and therefore on the effectiveness of God’s promise.”

Once Upon a Time and Always

Christmas Eve 2017 “In those days a decree went out…” You’re all probably so familiar with the reading of the Christmas story that you could say it aloud with me, more or less. It’s one of the great stories in our religion and culture and imagination. Like a story...

Mary’s Path Is Ours Too

  The story of the annunciation that we tell on this last Sunday in Advent contains an outline within it of Mary’s reaction to the angel’s news, and the stages she went through. It’s like a miniature roadmap for the stages we go through when unexpected things happen....

The Advent Journey Through Others’ Eyes

Advent is one of the two great seasons of journeying for Christians. We move through this season of longer and longer darkness towards a point of light that slowly grows stronger. The readings are all about getting ready, being awake and alert, preparing for what’s...