Pulpit Posts 2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

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....

By | September 22nd, 2017|

Celebrating Holy Cross Day

Yesterday was Holy Cross Day, a major feast day in The Book of Common Prayer. Although only restored to the Episcopal Church Calendar in the 1979 Book, the feast itself is one of the more ancient feasts of the church dating back to the Fourth Century. It was first celebrated to mark the dedication of the first Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem built by the Emperor Constantine the Great in 335 on the site where his mother, Helena, had discovered the True Cross in 326.

By | September 15th, 2017|

Welcome To This Time Of Transition

It is a time of endings (of the summer season, of vacation-mode, of leaves already beginning to show signs of turning vibrant color before falling to the ground) but also a time of beginnings (of the Autumn season, of new projects at work and home, of the bountiful time of the fall harvest). What I seem to be most aware of today is the golden quality of the sunlight at this time of year – warming the days after cool nights, softly filtering through the canopy of the trees, helping to ripen the fall fruits...

By | September 8th, 2017|

The Feast of the New Guinea Martyrs

Tomorrow is the Feast of the New Guinea Martyrs who died as a consequence of the Japanese invasion of 1942. Growing up in Australia post war and as an active Anglican I was well aware of the 11 Anglican martyrs, priests, nurses, teachers and an indigenous lay catechist, one of whom came from a nearby parish in Melbourne and was memorialized there. The stories of their deaths were still very fresh and as a young person I was deeply impressed with the fact that people could still die for the faith in the 20th century. Given that Papua New Guinea before independence in 1975 was the main mission field for the Australian Anglican Church, big services commemorating the New Guinea Martyrs were held annually in the major Australian cities.....

By | September 1st, 2017|

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?...

By | August 25th, 2017|

In Celebration of St. Mary the Virgin

You may have registered on Tuesday that alternate side of the street parking was suspended for the day. Now that is hardly an unusual experience in this multi-cultural, multi-faith city where some group or another is regularly celebrating some special day. Of course, as world weary Manhattanites you might have simply thought “oh, the President is in town: more traffic chaos!” However, Tuesday August 15 happens to be the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Roman Catholic Church which as Episcopalians we keep as the Feast of St Mary the Virgin and the Orthodox as “the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.” In Catholic Europe, it is a major religious holiday and in places like Mexico it is kept with processions and fireworks....

By | August 18th, 2017|