Lent, Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday, Mortality, immortality, Matthew 6:1-6 16-21, Sermon

Yesterday’s Palms, Today’s Ashes – An Ash Wednesday Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Several years ago someone said to me, “One day I finally realized people were not spending nearly the amount of time thinking about me as I was spending thinking about them thinking about me, and wondering what they saw when they looked at me, what they said about me, and what they thought about me.” The man who told me this story … Continue reading Yesterday’s Palms, Today’s Ashes – An Ash Wednesday Sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Ash Wednesday, Lent, Sermon, Mortality, Immortality, Matthew 6:1-6 16-21

Welcome to the Human Race – An Ash Wednesday Sermon, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

A couple of years ago I was talking with a women who is and has been for many years my therapist, counselor, mentor, and teacher all rolled into one. I told her that I worked really hard to always get it right, to have the answer, to always know what to do, to speak the right words, to be strong and in control, to do … Continue reading Welcome to the Human Race – An Ash Wednesday Sermon, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Irenaeus and the Purpose of the Incarnation

How could the human race go to God if God had not come to us? How should we free ourselves from our birth into death if we had not been born again according to faith by a new birth generously given by God, thanks to that which came about from the Virgin’s womb? – Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies, IV.33.4. This is the reason why … Continue reading Irenaeus and the Purpose of the Incarnation

Ash Wednesday – Finding our Place in Death

At some level we all look for and try to create our place in life – a place where we belong, are accepted, liked, recognized, approved of, wanted, loved. To not find this place is in some way to face the reality of death, to be isolated and alone. And while we know death is real we try not to focus on death. We do … Continue reading Ash Wednesday – Finding our Place in Death