Parable of the Sower, Proper 10A, Matthew 13:1-9 13-23, Sermon, Sower, Interior Life

A Sower Went Out To Sow – A Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

So here’s what I am wondering. Might you and I be sowers of seed? When we hear or read this parable we are pretty quick to judge ourselves or others as one of the four types of ground: the beaten path, the rocky ground, thorny terrain, or good soil. But have you ever thought of yourself as the sower in today’s parable? Continue reading A Sower Went Out To Sow – A Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Call to the Inner Life – Remembering Evelyn Underhill

Originally posted on Interrupting the Silence:
Sometime around 1931 Evelyn Underhill wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Gordon Lang (1928-1942), about the inner life of the clergy. Her concern was that the multiplicity of the clergy’s duties had diminished some priests’ grounding in a life of prayer. Underhill’s concerns are as relevant today, perhaps more so, as they were when she wrote… Continue reading Call to the Inner Life – Remembering Evelyn Underhill

Spiritual Formation – The Missional Challenge and Future of the Church

I suspect that many parishes, priests, and lay persons may not consider spiritual formation as a means of or opportunity for outreach. Instead, parish outreach tends to focus on corporal needs such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, health care, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and issues of justice. This most certainly must continue. It was a part of Jesus’ earthly life, a concern of the early … Continue reading Spiritual Formation – The Missional Challenge and Future of the Church

Evelyn Underhill – Call to the Inner Life

Sometime around 1931 Evelyn Underhill wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Gordon Lang (1928-1942), about the inner life of the clergy. Her concern was that the multiplicity of the clergy’s duties had diminished some priests’ grounding in a life of prayer. Underhill’s concerns are as relevant today, perhaps more so, as they were when she wrote the letter. However, we should not … Continue reading Evelyn Underhill – Call to the Inner Life

The Interior Life – To Ascend We Must First Dive

The ladder to the Kingdom is hidden within you, and within your soul. Dive down into yourself, away from sin, and there you will find the steps by which you can ascend. – St. Isaac of Syria For most of us the way up is by climbing the the ladder of success. This almost always takes us into comparison, competition, judgment, and expectation with our … Continue reading The Interior Life – To Ascend We Must First Dive