YOU ARE CHRIST’S BODY

We don’t have to be all things to all people. You don’t have to try to be the foot and the hand and the eye and the ear all of the time. We all have God given gifts. Sometimes we are called to be the eyes to notice where the world around us needs healing. Sometimes we are the feet and are called to go to where our gifts can be put to use. Sometimes we are a listening ear or a helping hand or a mouth speaking the truth in love. Yet, this is always true: “Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” You will always be the body, so go forth and live in love.

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…

EULOGY FOR AMRITA

Amrita, for a while, talked about wanting to be a dragon – flying above our heads and destroying evil. Her imagination was limitless. This curiosity and creativity was a part of her spirit even when she was having a difficult time. Every day that I spent with her was filled with wonder and laughter. Amrita, our dragon, breathes the fire of passion into our hearts and inspires us in the way she was inspired to imagine the world into being a better place.

HOLY SPACES

In the Old Testament reading we learn of Moses setting up the tabernacle. The text is filled with lots of detail of the construction and how things were put into place. What items were necessary and where they found their homes. All of these things in order to create a context which was right for…

HOLY WEEK AND INCARNATION

Sometimes we are the cause of our own joy or pain, and sometimes we are not. If we follow Jesus’ ways, study his teachings, look to Jesus as the perfecter of our faith – we will come to understand that our pain and sorrow should not cause us to lose heart or grow weary. God took on human form as Jesus. In doing so God shows us that God knows what it is like to feel joy and happiness and also pain and sorrow.

LEARNING TO BE FAITHFUL

Jesus’ disciples were his students. He was responsible, in part, for their spiritual formation. He instructed them through parables. He taught them as a living example. He questioned and stretched their understandings of the divine and humanity. He also prayed for them. Each of us has a spiritual teacher in our lives – a priest,…

COME AND SEE

In our Gospel reading today Nathanael asks: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” I imagine him asking this kind of flippantly. He already believes that nothing good can come from such a place. I, for one, know exactly how it feels to have already made my mind up. Like Nathanael I have at certain…