LOOKING IS NOT TENDING

This morning we read the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree from the Gospel of Luke. A story of aman who had a tree planted. He came looking for fruit. He came looking for three years. Every year that he came looking the tree was barren. He could look no more. It was time for…

DISCOVERING A MOVEMENT

In the past few years I have become increasingly overwhelmed by the news cycle. I don’t imagine that this is because the world is becoming more violent, dangerous, or devastated – I think it’s probably been that way all along. Instead I believe my conscious awareness of the injustices of this world has risen. This is probably true for lots of people like me.

TO BE A FAITHFUL FRIEND

I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like I have to do things on my own. When I feel overwhelmed by the news cycle, when I am facing a hard decision, when I am feeling challenged by the circumstances of my life – I can fall in to the trap of thinking I…

SURELY WE ARE NOT BLIND, ARE WE?

This question from this mornings Gospel asked by the Pharisees of Jesus is not really a question but more of a statement with a question tacked on as a social grace. Us blind? No way. Right? We couldn’t be. We’re people of faith after all. Spiritual blindness is a common affliction, something we all share….

A NEW UNSETTLING FORCE

“There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.” These are the words of civil rights activist and scholar W. E. B. Du Bois, whom we commemorate today as a holy man. He was the first black man to graduate…

AUTHORITY & IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Have you ever had your authority questioned? In our Gospel reading today we hear those who have societally granted power say to Jesus: “By what authority are you doing these things?” and “And who gave you this authority?” It’s like they are saying, “Who do you think you are, get back in place.” It doesn’t always…

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE

This morning we read two parables from the Gospel according to Matthew: of the mustard seed and of leaven. These two are in the company of many other parables told by Jesus throughout the Gospels. As our text today tells us: “Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told…