Smelling the Fragrance of Beauty – A Sermon On John 12:1-8

"Spring fragrance" by César Poyatos is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. I want to think with you today about poverty and that last line from today’s gospel (John 12:1-8) in which Jesus says, “You always have the poor with you, but you do not…

Coming Clean With Ourselves – A Sermon On Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Several years ago I was teaching a class about today’s gospel (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32), the Parable of the Prodigal Son. As soon as class was finished a man who had been sitting in the back of the room started coming…

Reimagining Our Lives – A Sermon On Luke 13:1-9 and Exodus 3:1-15

Photo by Sage Friedman on Unsplash As I reflected on today’s gospel (Luke 13:1-9) and prepared this sermon I thought about the Russian war on Ukraine, the six million covid deaths worldwide, the collision between a pick up truck and a van that…

Gaining Some Clarity – A Sermon On Luke 13:31-35

Photo by Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash The thing that strikes me about Jesus in today’s gospel (Luke 13:31-35) is his clarity. Jesus is absolutely clear about who he is and the task before him. He is absolutely clear in the choices he is…

Pray For Ukraine, And Then Act

Image by Cynthia A. Marsh, inspired by https://uocofusa.org/news_220124_1 I often remind myself that if I am going to pray for something I also need to align my life and actions with that prayer. It’s a way of giving existence to…

Facing Our Greatest Temptation – A Sermon On Luke 4:1-13

Detail of the Fall of Man by By Hugo van der Goes, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons What comes to mind when you think about temptation? What tempts you? What is your greatest temptation today?   I ask those questions because…

Pulling Back The Husks On My Life – An Ash Wednesday Sermon On Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Photo by Ahna Ziegler on Unsplash Most weeks as I am preparing my sermon at some point I call a retired priest who, for almost thirty years, has been my spiritual director, mentor, and one of my two best friends. We talk about…

Bursts Of Light – A Sermon On Luke 9:28-43

Photo by Hayden Scott on Unsplash Today’s gospel (Luke 9:28-43), the transfiguration, is one of those big stories from scripture, a mountaintop experience. I wonder where that story fits in your life. Or does it even have a place? How do you make…

Living Large – A Sermon On Luke 6:27-38

If you heard a political candidate espousing today’s gospel (Luke 6:27-38) as her or his agenda would you vote for her or him? Is today’s gospel the platform on which your political party stands and governs our nation? If we…

Woah To Us Who Just Want To Be Happy – A Sermon On Luke 6:17-26

I have some big problems with today’s gospel (Luke 6:17-26). I’d rather be rich than poor. I’d rather be full than hungry. I’d rather laugh than weep. And I’d rather be spoken well of than be hated, excluded, reviled, and…

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