The collect and readings for today, Proper 14C, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 12:32-40. Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in … Continue reading Waiting For The Unexpected Hour – Luke 12:32-40
The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter may be found here. The appointed gospel is John 10:22-30. 22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? … Continue reading Uncomfortable Faith, Unsnatchable People – A Sermon For Easter 4C, John 10:22-30.
35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the … Continue reading Faith and the Storms of Life
Today, June 10, is the feast of St. Ephrem of Syria, deacon, teacher, poet, orator, and defender of the faith. St. Ephrem was born around 306 and died in 373. He is said to have accompanied James, Bishop of Nisbis to the Council of Nicaea in 325. St. Ephrem retired to a cave outside Edessa, where he lived in great simplicity and wrote most of … Continue reading St. Ephrem the Syrian
I am generally wary of people who seem too certain in their faith. Some might say I am equivocal or unwilling to make a commitment. Others might say I have fallen into relativism and that if I had more faith I would be certain. Or maybe it is jealousy; certainty has never really been my experience. My faith has been more a journey of questions, … Continue reading Certain or Faithful?