Re-connection

Corpus Christi Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16; Ps 147: 12-15, 19-20; I Cor 10:16-17; John 6:51-58 Rev’d Dr Deborah Meister, ODM Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, a feast first proposed by St. Thomas Aquinas, who felt that Maundy Thursday was so tightly focused on the impending death of Christ that it would be helpful […]

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Easter 3A Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Ps 116: 1-3, 10-17; I Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister I was in my final year of seminary the day the planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Once we had taken it in, my classmates and I moved around in a kind of daze. The […]

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I know that you seek Jesus

Easter Day Jer 31:1-6;  Ps 118: 1-2, 14-24, Acts 10:34-43; Matt 28:1-10 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Christos anesti! He is risen! We gather here at the dawn of a miraculous day. Life has returned to the dead and hope to a troubled world. The order we thought we knew has been upended; the power of […]

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You must be born of water and Spirit

The Second Sunday of Lent Gen 12:1-4a; Ps 121; Rom 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister When I was a little child, my stepfather taught me to love the ocean. He would wade into the ocean; bend down; pick up a rock, glistening with water, and then cry out, Teeny pebble, teeny pebble! […]

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Third Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 9:1-4; Ps 27:1, 5-13; I Cor 1:10-18; Matt 4:12-33 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister As you may have seen in the news, the Church of England finally decided to be more supportive of gay and lesbian Christians this week. Inching forward into a new reality, they stopped short of blessing marriages, […]

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Practicing resurrection now

The Twenty Second Sunday After Pentecost Job 19:23-27a; Ps 17:1-9; 2 Thess 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Today’s collect reminds us that all scriptures were written for our learning, but some are more fun to preach than others. Today’s Gospel passage would not be one of them. Each time I encounter […]

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Accepting Mercy

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22; Psalm 84:1-7; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister From today’s collect: “Lord God our redeemer, free us from the tyranny of sin and death, and by the leading of your Spirit bring us to our promised land.” There’s a certain frustration in […]

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The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Deut 30:15-20; Psalm 1, Philemon 1:1-21; Luke 14: 25-33 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Don’t touch that stove! It’s hot. Honey, honey, no, no— that candy fell on the ground. You can’t eat it. It’s gross. It’s got germs. Sweetie, I’m not going to say it again. You have to […]

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Planting the Cross

Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary Isaiah 7:10-15; Ps 132:6-10, 13-14, Gal 4:4-7; Luke 1: 46-55 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM In the center of Stone Town, in Zanzibar, stands a magnificent cathedral. Built between 1873 and 1880, its construction dates hint at its history. 1873 was the year in which the slave trade was […]

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Humility and Listening

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Deut 30:9-14; Ps 25:1-9; Col 1:1-14; Luke 10: 25-37 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister “Lord, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”   The words of St. Augustine, written in the years just before 400, echoed today in our collect. To me, […]

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Third Sunday after Pentecost I Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Ps 16, Gal 5: 1, 13-25; Luke 9: 51-62 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Friday was an extraordinary day for me, as a citizen of the United States. When I woke, I was legally a human being.  A few hours later, however, I had fewer rights in […]

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Who are you, Lord?

Easter 3 Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30 Rev 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM Last week, the church remembered Catherine of Sienna, a fourteenth-century saint with a wild story. The youngest of 25 children, Catherine had a vision of Jesus when she was six years old and embraced a life of fasting and prayer. […]

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