Escaping from Herod

Do you have a crèche or Christmas crib at home?  We certainly have one here at Christ Church Cathedral, and the kings haven’t even arrived at the manger yet.  In my house, they are across the room.  Some families move them a little closer to Baby Jesus every day… and this morning, the Kings are […]

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Living with open hands

Advent 1A; 1 December, 2019                                            Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Isaiah 2:1-5; Ps 122 Romans 13:11-14; Matt 24:36-44 When I was in college, I had the good fortune to travel to Rome. One day, I fell into conversation with an Anglican priest, standing by a fountain. While we were speaking, a Lutheran pastor with whom he […]

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Another kind of monarchy?

Reign of Christ B – November 24, 2019 Jeremiah 23:1-6 – Psalm 46 – Colossians 1:11-20 – Luke 23.33-43 It is that time of the year, and everyone seems to be talking about it.  The third season of the Crown is out on Netflix, and no news outlet is suddenly royalty free.  And even in […]

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day – November 10, 2019 There is a beautiful poem called ‘On Flanders fields’, by the Canadian serviceman John McRae, which has for ever enshrined the image of the red poppy as a symbol of the carnage of the first world war.   McRae was born in Ontario, but had close ties here in Montreal, […]

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The world needs more saints

All Saints Day; 3 November, 2019 Dan 7:1-3, 15-18; Ps 149 Eph 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister For many years, my mother and I have traveled each summer to a small corner of Vermont, to attend a chamber music festival. The festival gives both of us a break from the pressures of […]

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Staying Faithful in a Broken World

But when the Son of Man comes, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8) 20 October, 2019; Proper 24C Jer 31:27-34; Ps 119: 97-104 2 Tim 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister I love this story. I love its audacity: for Jesus to compare God, not to an excellent judge, but […]

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