We are here to remember

Sermon for Good Friday A couple of hours ago, I and the children of the Cathedral Sunday school told the story of Jesus’ last days in a modified way of the cross service. At each station, we used a refrain: Why are we here? We are here to remember. We are here to remember this […]

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Stepping into God’s time

Sermon for Maundy Thursday We are about to do something really awkward. Really, really awkward. We are about to bare our feet to one another – feet that haven’t seen sun for months and months and months…and months. Feet with callouses and blisters and bunions. Feet with in-grown toe-nails. Tired feet. Ticklish feet. Sore feet. […]

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We are the dwelling place of God

All four Gospels tell the story of Jesus driving the moneychangers and animal vendors out of the temple. Matthew, Mark, and Luke place the event in the last days of Jesus’ life, presenting it as something of a culminating conflict with the religious establishment. In each of these tellings, Jesus quotes the prophet Jeremiah and […]

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At a loss for words

Today is not only the feast of the Transfiguration. It is also Theological Education Sunday, the day set aside by our diocese every year to consider the importance of theological education. I, for one, welcome the opportunity. I am a big fan of theological education – both the rather informal kind of study we do […]

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The Third Sign of Epiphany

“Woman, what does that have to do with you or with me?” Before I can talk about anything else, I have to address Jesus’ tone – a tone that if my son took with me or I took with my mother…well, it would result in more direct feedback than Jesus seemed to receive. Which is […]

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The story of the annunciation may be my favourite story ever – it certainly has played a major role in my own spiritual formation, serving as the basis for many a theological reflection as an expectant and then new mother in seminary and as an expectant and then new priest afterwards. So when I was […]

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Beware! The Kingdom is Coming!

An all-ages sermon for the first Sunday in Advent It is the first Sunday in Advent – a season set aside to prepare for the fulfillment of God`s desire for creation, for the day when God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven, for the day that Christ returns. The Sunday […]

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“Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.” One of the things worth thinking about in the Gospel that we just heard is this dynamic of entrapment and the clever way Jesus springs the trap without getting caught. It speaks to the narrative of Jesus’ ministry and its consequences.   It […]

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St Francis and Kingdom Logic

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ Although […]

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Choose God’s Cross

I once had someone criticize Christians for our veneration of the cross. They weren’t accusing us of idolatry or of general religious wrong-headedness. Rather it was the obscenity of venerating a means of torture and execution that was just too much for this person – and they had a point. What would you think of […]

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