Cleansing of the Temple, Jerusalem Temple, John 2:13-22, Temple, Lent, Lent 3B, Business As Usual

Interrupting Business As Usual – A Sermon On John 2:13-22

I don’t think this story is simply about Jesus getting angry. Jesus got angry. I get angry. It’s ok to get angry. That misses the point. There’s more to this story than that. And I don’t think it’s about the animals or the moneychangers being in the temple. Jesus surely had to have known they were there. He grew up as a faithful Jew going to the temple. He didn’t show up this day and say, “Wow! There are animals and moneychangers here. I didn’t know this. This is wrong.” The animals and moneychangers had always been there. That’s how the system worked. It was business as usual for them to be there. Continue reading Interrupting Business As Usual – A Sermon On John 2:13-22

Funeral Sermon, Eternal Life, Seeing, Heart, Resurrection, 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9, Sermon

Seeing With The Eye Of The Heart – A Funeral Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9

Richard knew a “secret, a very simple secret.” He knew and trusted that “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, chapter xxi)

That is the secret that sustains us through our losses and gives hope on this day. It is the secret that makes life beautiful, relationships meaningful, and conversations extraordinary. It is the secret that lifts us up to see further and cleanses our eyes to see more clearly. It is the secret all our sacred scriptures try to teach us. It is a secret open to everyone and hidden from no one, but only those with eyes to see will understand it. Continue reading Seeing With The Eye Of The Heart – A Funeral Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9

John 14:1-14, Troubled Hearts, Easter, Easter 5A, Sermon, Father's House, Pain of the World

Troubled Hearts – A Sermon on John 14:1-14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus says. “Do not let your hearts be troubled?” Are you kidding me? Is Jesus really serious about that? Does he know what is happening in our lives and our world? How can Jesus say that with a straight face when he was troubled at seeing Mary and the Jews weeping at the death of Lazarus (John 11:33), when he said that his own “soul is troubled” (John 12:27), and when St. John tells us that Jesus “was troubled in spirit” (John 13:21)? What is Jesus telling us? It’s not as if there is an on-off switch for troubled hearts. Continue reading Troubled Hearts – A Sermon on John 14:1-14

Forward Day by Day, Psalm 78:1, Listening, Heart

Ears Are a Gateway to the Heart

Psalm 78:1. “Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.” Several years ago, I spent a summer participating in a pastoral care internship. As the summer progressed, I realized I was really doing an internship on learning to listen. I came to understand that listening is essential for good pastoral care, but it is also essential to having … Continue reading Ears Are a Gateway to the Heart

Lent, Ash Wednesday, Matthew 6:16 16-21, Mary Oliver, Reflection, Desert

I Don’t Want To Do Lent This Year

As I write this reflection it’s the third week in Epiphany and I’ve been thinking about Lent for a couple of weeks now. I am thinking about Shrove Tuesday; the pancake supper, the palms we will burn, and the ashes we will prepare for the next day’s liturgy. I am thinking about the fragility of life, mortality, and the ashes that will mark our foreheads … Continue reading I Don’t Want To Do Lent This Year

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Sowing More than 52,000 Seeds – A Sermon on the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-23

We often speak, and rightly so, of the gospel as the “good news,” the good news of Jesus Christ. God in Jesus has entered the world in a new way bringing new life, offering new hope, and inviting us to become a new person. That it is good news, however, does not necessarily mean it is welcome or easy-to-accept news. I think about the young … Continue reading Sowing More than 52,000 Seeds – A Sermon on the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-23