Recent Sermons & Reflections

Homily (Feast of All Saints)

What is a “saint”?  I ask that question because this morning in the liturgical calendar we celebrate the feast of All Saints.   “She’s such a saint!”  We’ve all heard laudatory exclamations like this before; we’ve probably even made them ourselves.  Saints, as it is...

All the Saints Nov.4, 2018

The first reading for All Saints, (the Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9), was composed in the first or second century BCE in Alexandria. It is a reflection on Solomon rather than a work of his own hand.  At the time the book was written there was a backlash against the Jews in...

Crying Out for Healing

October 28, 2018 A meditative re-telling of the gospel reading: Mark 10: 46-52 They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was...

Sight Oct 28, 2018

Sometimes the Israelites lost sight of God’s promises. Other times Jesus’ disciples could not perceive what was right in front of them. Two passages from this morning’s scripture reflect on these facts.

Youth Ministry – by Jillian Ruch

This sermon was preached on October 14, 2018, by Jillian Ruch when she visited St Aidan's in her capacity as the York-Scarborough Area Youth Ministry Coordinator. Through the written word, and the spoken word, may we know your Living Word Jesus Christ our Saviour....

Turn Around! Oct. 14, 2018

The rich young man in Mark’s gospel went away from Jesus because he was attached to his property and coundn’t “sell what he had, give the money to the poor and follow Jesus”. This commentary asks what you would say to the rich young man.

Gratitude: From Me to We

Thanksgiving - Sunday October 7th, 2018 “Don’t worry. Seek God’s kingdom first.” This may be one of the hardest instructions Jesus ever gave, and the one we fail most: not worrying, and setting God’s kingdom, God’s way of living, as our first priority. And yet it lies...

Thanksgiving Sunday Oct. 7, 2018

God gives us the necessities of life…food and clothing… and desires our recognition and gratitude for these things. Thanksgiving Sunday is a time when we focus our attention on this part of our prayer.

Scandal and Shock Sept. 30, 2018

Scandalizing someone seems like a quaint idea these days. But leadiing someone to sin or causing them to avoid the church or access to God is a serious offense. The gospel of Mark deals with that this day.

Hard Gospel Reflections on Orange Shirt Day

Have you ever had something special taken away from you, forever?   One day when I was in middle school—eighth grade—I purchased the latest issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.  I was so pleased to get this particular issue because it featured an article and lots of...