Archives for Oct 2016

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Lepers in My World

A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” The man's name is unknown. He is just "leper" to us...Read More

Only Death is Resurrected

In last week’s gospel reading, Luke 18, the tax collector prays the prayer “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.” In this week’s Gospel lesson, Jesus will look into the eyes of Zacchaeus hiding in a tree, have mercy on him, and call him down from the tree to come into his house...Read More

A Comforting Weight

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, for reasons big and small. One small reason is that I prefer to sleep in a cold room with a heavy blanket. If I had my way I’d sleep with the windows open all winter and the bed piled high with comforters and quilts. It is a sad day for me in the spring when the comforter goes back into the linen closet for the summer...Read More

Make-Believe and Transformation

October is the month of make believe. Imaginary play is good for children! First of all it is fun and children learn a lot when they are having fun. Although the research supporting the following points is mixed, even if there is not a direct correlation statistically, teachers and parents know that imaginary play encourages many positive outcomes...Read More

The Faithfulness of Pagans

There is a comfort in establishing clear divisions between “us” and “them”. All of us do this on any number of levels, many of which are wholly benign. We all develop affinities for various things such that when we meet someone else with a shared affinity there is an immediate point of connection. But what happens when these differences turn sour?...Read More

October Surprises

In the run up to Presidential elections everyone talks about October surprises. Certainly, we have had a few this time around. But the October surprises I want to talk about are much more life-giving. Tomorrow October 14th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. here at the church, retired Rwandan Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini and Bishop William Bahemuka-Mugenyi from the Congo...Read More

A Slow Thought

The natural world doesn’t hand over it’s pleasures in convenient to-go cups. It cannot be DVR’ed for later viewing once the kids are in bed and the dishes are done. And between fighting traffic on I-35 and getting the kids to soccer practice who has time to take the natural world as it? After all what is the ROI on considering a flower, or a bird? Being a nature lover is of course not spiritually necessary (though it certainly doesn’t hurt), but this problem of busy-ness is...Read More

The Holy Spirit and Law School

Law school was tough. I have compared it to an intellectual boot camp. But, one of my most significant spiritual moments came during law school. After my first quarter, the exam grades did not come for about a month. The first exam grade to come back was on Real Property. I was already scared to death to known how I did because the whole grade depends on one final exam...Read More