Pulpit Posts2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

The Generous Giver | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Sunday’s Gospel is about the landowner who hired workers for his vineyard early in the morning and then additional workers throughout the day. When it came time to pay the workers, those that began early in the morning and suffered through the hot sun, expected to be paid more than those who were hired later in the day, but they were paid the same and grumbled. Jesus challenges us to see things in a new way. His teaching stretches our minds and our hearts. He wants us to weigh things on the scales of heavenly worth instead of earthly value. To understand this parable, we need to know why Jesus told it....

By |September 18th, 2020|

Red in Tooth and Claw | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The weather was so beautiful last weekend! Charlie and I decided to take advantage of the sun and the lower temperatures by enjoying a leisurely stroll along the Hudson River. We were deep in conversation as we looped around Pier 62, so we did not notice a small group of people clustered together near one of the guardrails. When we got closer, we saw that they were looking at a rare sight in the city: a Red Tailed Hawk, who was on the ground because it had caught a pigeon in its talons. That poor pigeon. It didn’t have much life left in it, and the hawk was standing, unintimidated and staring at all of us, waiting for the captured prey to breathe it’s last. It was a startling sight, especially in such an urban context. A few people tried to startle the hawk, hoping it would release the pigeon, but to no avail. Everyone watching was silent. Finally, one observer said out loud, “I really can’t stand pigeons, but I don’t hate them that much!” Whether we talk about compassion, kindness, connection, or empathy, Scripture is clear that love is a non-negotiable value of our faith. Of many faiths, actually, and in Christianity we know that “love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10). And if active love seems far removed in a given circumstance, perhaps a first step is to refrain from allowing negativity to fester and cloud our reactions to those with whom we disagree. Maybe a foundational aspect of the love Jesus commands is the commitment not to wish any living creature harm; to recognize any disagreements and divisions around us, while also holding all creatures we encounter in the light of life and love....

By |September 11th, 2020|

Stormy Weather | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Recently I had the pleasure of spending some of my vacation in Massachusetts. The experience was lovely overall, but the first few days of my time away were focused on Tropical Storm Isaias. My brother, my sister and I were checking radar and weather reports regularly. Each time we looked, the forecast was different: hurricane force winds one day, the next “only” tropical storm gusts, flooding probable, until a few check-ins later when the rainfall predictions were drastically reduced. The changing predictions were all due to the variations in tracking the path of the storm. Some models did not bode well for us. Other possibilities were less punishing....

By |August 28th, 2020|

Who Am I? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They said, “John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “you are the Messiah, Son of the living God.” Jesus responded “Blessed are you, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.”

By |August 21st, 2020|

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