Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most important explorations on the subjects, of life, death and resurrection found in scripture. The key persons in this encounter with Jesus are, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. We know, a close family spends quality time with each other because they care and they are special to one another. There are families we know that do things together; enjoy one another, share views, help each other and are very concerned about the welfare of each other. The bond that holds these families together is the bond of love. If something happens to one of the family members or one of them becomes sick, the entire family hurts. Other family members want to do everything they possible can to help the one who is hurting….Read More
…So, when He wanted to explain to Nicodemus about how people would have to change in order to see the Kingdom of God, he didn’t say, people will have to be a bit different, or even, people will have to change a lot. Instead He said, “no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born from above.” As Jesus explained to Nicodemus, this birth from above is not, of course a physical rebirth, but a rebirth of “water and spirit.”….Read More
Matthew’s Gospel for this Sunday in part talks about “Anger.” If we read a little beyond the appointed gospel for this Sunday, verses 43-45, it says, “you have heard that it was said, love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father on heaven.”
If you are angry with someone, give it to the Lord. Talk to Him about it instead of retaliating or holding a grudge.
In the summer of 2015 the Diocese asked me along with three other clergy to attend a Mediation Seminar for a week in Chicago, then come back prepared to mediate differences in various parishes. In one of the sessions it was brought out that when we get angry we tend not to hear the other person’s side. One of the most important elements in mediation is to “listen.” If necessary, write down the differences and see where there can be some common ground and at the same time pray about it……Read More
…We live in a world that reams with inequality based on religion, race, gender and social status. The result is social injustice, racism, discrimination, wars and genocide. This is not God’s kingdom. In God’s Kingdom there is social justice and equality for all. It’s the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. saw and spoke so articulately. It’s the dream that like followers of Christ share.
Followers of Christ are not only praying for God’s Kingdom to come, but they are also living now for social justice and equality.
Every person in the world has an opportunity. It’s an opportunity that we must live and proclaim. It’s the opportunity of the cross that allows an individual to be born into God’s family regardless of who their parents are, where they are born, or their gender. This opportunity is not just for the rich or the poor; the educated or the uneducated. This opportunity is for all….Read More
We are about to enter into a festive time of the year. There will be shining lights, melodious melodies, wrapping paper, gifts and holiday cheer. The Christmas season is a time of year when the hearts of humanity seem to radiate and percolate with passion. But we ourselves as beautiful as this time of the year is, it’s not just about Santa Claus nor is it about a one-day celebration that will expire at 12:01 AM, on December 26. The real meaning of Christmas is not about what we find under the tree, or what we will give to others. The true meaning of Christmas is about nobody else but Jesus Christ our Savior….Read More
Sunday’s Gospel seems out of place as it describes the crucifixion of Jesus. It is more of a Good Friday text, not the kind of text one would see on Christ the King Sunday. But is it?
Jesus Came as a different kind of King. Not the kind that most people thought of…..
….If Jesus is not fitting into the mold you have, then come to the mold maker and get a new one. Submit to His plan for your life and you will see the eternal need met first; then all the other things you have need of will be taken care of as well.”
Christ as the King of Kings comes to bring justice and righteousness into the world. We are to bring justice and righteousness into this world because we are the body of Christ. We are to bring righteousness and justice into this world because Christ lives within us as we are the body of Christ, the church.
What does it mean to bring justice and righteousness into this world? It means that we are to feed the hungry, visit the lonely, visit those in prison, in a way bring the peace of Christ into the brokenness of this world.
Not only are we to bring justice and righteousness into this world, but we are to worship and praise Christ as we are the body of Christ, the church.Read More
We all know people that by their actions we would nominate them as prideful people. But let us be careful because pride shows up even in the lives of every person sometimes without us even recognizing it.
Pride is very competitive by nature. Competitive in the sense that you’ll stop at nothing to make sure you are always on the winning side because you don’t want to look inferior. Or, you’ll stop at nothing to make sure you are seen as the most important in the room….Read More
In Sunday’s Gospel, there are two characters. One of them a Pharisee the other a tax collector. The Pharisee was very pious and took stock in his attempt to keep the law. The tax collector in his own eyes and as well in everyone else’s didn’t have a leg to stand on. Both approach the Lord in prayer. The Pharisee boasts about his own-self-sufficiency. The other begs for mercy because he knew he was a disappointment to himself, the people he worked for and his God.
No matter how much you have earned on earth, you’re going to leave everything behind. So don’t love things, use things. Use what you have to bless others. As Christians we are taught to use what we have, what God has given us, for His purposes. To share our things with those in need.
Jesus highlighted the contrasting lifestyles between the life of the Rich Man and Lazarus, to tell us it doesn’t really matter what you have in life……Read More
Jesus gave us a very valuable lesson in humility.
But when you give a banquet, he said, “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The question is why would Jesus say that? Certainly, He knew that no Pharisee of any social standing would ever invite a group of physical and social misfits to a real banquet. There would be no point in that, in that they were to impress and not accomplish….
…If your spirit is humble enough to bend down to serve those who cannot serve themselves, it is humble enough to simply accept Jesus as the Savior and leader of your life?….Read More
Jesus was teaching His disciples when He was interrupted by someone who wanted him to resolve a family dispute over inheritance. He was not really asking for advice. He wanted Jesus to stand on his side and tell his brother to divide the inheritance with him. He wanted Jesus to get the money for him, but Jesus saw the true problem in his heart – greed….
…Jesus reminded us of the need to remember God – the source of all our blessings. God wants us to invest in things that have eternal value. We must invest our life, time, talent, knowledge in the work of His Kingdom. Lay up “treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Live life in the light of eternity and we shall be greatly blessed.Read More