Tag: Clergy

Spring Cleaning

When I was growing up our family observed a time-honored ritual every year which was affectionately known as “spring cleaning.”  Unlike the normal cleaning from week to week, which amounted to dusting and vacuuming and generally straightening up, spring cleaning was an all-out assault on a year’s worth of filth and clutter.  It was commonly…

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The Catalog(ue)

A few weeks ago at Emmanuel’s Zoom Coffee hour, my friend Meredith led a discussion of the very first places we would like to go post-pandemic. And I blurted out without hesitation: “I want to return to that happiest and most sacred of spaces: The Library of Congress!” It has been a year now and…

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Ash Wednesday Reflection

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the very beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.  In preparation for today’s homily, I took some time to reflect on growing up in my family and how we celebrated Lent.  Interestingly enough, we didn’t eat meat on any Friday throughout the year.  Not…

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Simplify: Spiritual Songs for Lent

The Merriam-Webster definition of “simplify” is “to reduce to basic essentials.” Lent is the time to spiritually simplify. On Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, preparing to fast, traditionally we clean out our cupboards and fridge of all that sugar and butter. (The reason for all of those pancake suppers!) Flowers give way to greens on the…

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The Exorcist

Good morning, friends. Today’s gospel is part two of the story of Jesus casting out demons. Last week you heard Kevin’s lovely homily. So, I pick up here where he left off. And this homily purposely has the provocative title “The Exorcist”. Exorcism. What an embarrassing word. What an overheated, overwrought, embarrassing word. Exorcism is…

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Glimmers of Hope

Our texts this morning have a very apocalyptic feel. We start with Jonah telling the people of Nineveh “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Then Paul reminds his brothers and sisters in Corinth that “the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they…

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