So what do you make of today’s gospel (Matthew 25: 31-46)? Is Jesus separating the good from the bad? Is Jesus saying some are welcome and included in the kingdom but others are rejected and excluded? Is Jesus keeping score of what we’ve done and left undone and then handing out rewards and punishment? And if he is, are you in or out, a sheep or a goat?
I wonder if we’ve misunderstood what’s happening when Jesus separates. Maybe the separation Jesus makes doesn’t look a thing like the separations we usually make. Maybe the purpose of the separation Jesus makes is the exact opposite of the purpose for which we often make separations. Continue reading Sheep Or Goat? Yes We Are – A Sermon On Matthew 25:31-46
There is “a great book,” Saint Augustine says, “the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Note it. Read it.” St. Anthony also knew about this book. Once when a visiting philosopher asked how such a learned man as he got along in the desert without the benefit of books, Anthony replied, “My book is the nature of created things, and … Continue reading Reading The Book Of Nature
The collect and readings for the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11. Have you ever had one of those days when wanted a do-over? A day when you wanted to take a mulligan and start again? I remember a guy telling me, one time, “You know, I’ve … Continue reading The First Day – A Sermon for the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus; Mark 1:4-11, Genesis 1:1-5
October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved and, perhaps, least imitated of the saints. Too often Francis is sentimentalized and domesticated. Francis, however, sought identification with Christ through the poverty and suffering of Christ, his fellow human beings, and his own. He received the stigmata, the marks of Christ’s wounds, on the Feast the Holy Cross, September … Continue reading St. Francis – The Canticle of the Creatures
Once a man who was considered to be wise approached St. Anthony and asked him, “How do you ever manage to carry on, Father, deprived as you are of the consolation of books?” St. Anthony replied, “My book, sir philosopher, is the nature of created things, and it is always at hand when I wish to read the words of God.” (Evagrius Ponticus, The Praktikos, … Continue reading Required Reading: The Book of Created Things, Written By The Gulf Oil Spill
Christianity teaches that the world is not eternal, but that there was a time when the world was not, a time when it had no existence. The world was created ex nihilo, created from nothing. If the world was created from nothing then the threat of returning to nothingness is ever present. The only way the created world can transcend death and overcome this threat … Continue reading Dominion Over All The Earth