Containing God

A Sunday Reflection for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany.The Lectionary readings for today are here. Today is the last Sunday before the season of Lent and in the Gospel lesson for today we read of the Transfiguration of Jesus. The writer of Luke tells us that Jesus asked Peter, James, and John to comeContinue reading “Containing God”

Our Heart’s Desire

A sermon preached at St. Francis by the Lake, Canyon Lake, Texas.The lectionary readings for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany are here. Do you remember where we are from last week? In Luke’s telling of the Good News story, Jesus has just called the twelve and his fame was increasing, drawing great crowds wherever heContinue reading “Our Heart’s Desire”

Remembering & Reflecting

A Sunday Reflection for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.The Lectionary readings are here. The Gospel reading for today is the writer of Luke’s telling of what is more commonly known by the label we give to the writer of Matthew’s version: the Beatitudes. Luke’s version is shorter, a series of Blessings and Woes aContinue reading “Remembering & Reflecting”

If You Say So …

A sermon preached at St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, Canyon Lake, Texas. The Lectionary readings for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany are here. Do y’all remember ‘back in the day’ when Sunday School teachers used flannel graphs to tell Bible stories? I love flannel graphs, and often I’ve wished I had oneContinue reading “If You Say So …”

A Do-Over

A Sunday reflection for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.The Lectionary readings are here. We begin this week where we left off last week: with Jesus, having just read from the prophet Isaiah, boldly proclaiming that the prophet’s words have been fulfilled. He is claiming that he’s the one whom God has sent to “preachContinue reading “A Do-Over”

Words

In last week’s post, I spoke of remembering the beginnings of this blog because of where I was. This week I’m remembering because of another succession of violence. Not shootings or actual physical violence but verbal violence and the threat of physical violence. In a news broadcast late last week, there were two stories: oneContinue reading “Words”

Filled with the Spirit

A Sunday reflection for the third Sunday after the Epiphany.The Lectionary readings for today are here. In his telling of the good news story, Luke tells us that after Jesus’ baptism he is ‘full of the Holy Spirit’ and that being led by the Spirit, Jesus goes into the wilderness to face the temptation ofContinue reading “Filled with the Spirit”

Remembering

When we want to respond in anger, we have the choice to be kind. When we want to respond in hate, we have the choice to be compassionate. When we want to respond violently, we have the choice to love. We can choose to see competitors or beloved children of God walking this amazing journey as our companions. We can with God’s help make it on earth as it is in heaven. Together, let’s choose wisely.

Water & Wine

A Reflection for the second Sunday after the Epiphany.The lectionary readings for today are here. Throughout John’s telling of the good news of God, he uses the word ‘signs’ to label the miraculous things Jesus does. A sign is not the thing itself but points us to what we are looking for. Think of roadContinue reading “Water & Wine”