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The Parable of the Landowner & the Laborers

...The laborers in Jesus’ parable we will hear about in the gospel on Sunday, would have spent the whole day in the marketplace, idle and without hope, if the landowner had not offered them a job. The men who were hired last worked only one hour, but were paid the same as those who had worked 12 hours. They received more than they expected and were grateful for the generosity of the landowner. The laborers who were employed first negotiated a wage and had no reason to hold a grudge against the landowner for his generosity....

Who Is Jesus To You?

Who is Jesus to you? As a member of the Commission on Ministry in this diocese, this is a question that is commonly asked of individuals seeking Holy Orders. Who is Jesus? He has been called a mystic, a revolutionary, a legend, a troublemaker and much more. Who is Jesus? What was He like? Do we think of Him as the child in the manger or the crucified Savior? People say lots of things about Him. John’s Gospel closes by saying the world could not contain all the books that could be written about Jesus, but who did He claim to be?...

The Depth & Quality of Welcome

This Sunday's Gospel message from Matthew invites us to explore in depth the quality of the welcome that we offer to one another within the Body of Christ, the church. But with it we must also reflect on the welcome we offer to those who are not yet a part of this body. As Jesus speaks to the disciples here, He is preparing to send them out to preach the message that "the kingdom of Heaven is near." He is giving them authority to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to drive out demons in His name....

Exploring Peace Be With You

When the risen Christ said, "Peace be with you," I believe He meant for us to hear those words also. It's a pronouncement of well being and wholeness. The words spoken by Jesus to His disciples still need to be heard today, "Peace be with You." What do the words "Peace be with you" mean. It means that you can be at peace with your past....

Mary, Martha, Lazarus & the Comfort of Jesus

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....

Preparing for the Rebirth of the Spirit…

...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."....

A Few Thoughts On Anger & Forgiveness

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......

Remebering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

...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....