Star of Bethlehem, Epiphany, Magi, Wise Men, Sermon, Matthew 2:1-12

What Is Absent From Your Life? – An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12

What if the experience of absence and the accompanying longings and desires are the beginning of an epiphany for you? What if that sense of absence is the star of your life by which God is revealing God’s self to you? And what if your sense of longing and desire is really God’s longing and desire for you? Continue reading What Is Absent From Your Life? – An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12

A New Year’s Day Reflection: 2017, Good Or Bad?

The year end reviews and assessments are underway. You can read them in the op eds and on social media. You can hear them in the conversations we share with one another and in the silence of our own hearts. Was 2017 a good year or a bad year? It depends, I guess, on who is asking and about what. What will 2018 bring? There … Continue reading A New Year’s Day Reflection: 2017, Good Or Bad?

Anno Domini 2016, New Year, Prayer, Holy Name

Prayers for the New Year

While the civil calendar marks January 1 as New Year’s Day, the Church celebrates January 1 as the Feast of the Holy Name, Jesus. Although the two might be celebrated in different ways, they are not necessarily in opposition. Behind the celebrations, resolutions, and good wishes associated with the New Year I suspect there are, for many people, hope and a deep longing for a … Continue reading Prayers for the New Year

The Feast of the Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ

For most of the world January 1st is New Year’s Day—the beginning of a new year, a day of football, resolutions, and black-eyed peas. For the church, however, January 1st is the Feast of the Holy Name. More often than not this feast goes unnoticed, uncelebrated, lost in the new year. And it is a loss. For the liturgical calendar has something to teach us … Continue reading The Feast of the Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ