Tag: Homily

Believing is Belonging

On Sunday, low Sunday, we may still be a bit hungover from the intoxicating joy of Easter.  A sugary spirit filled high-on-faith experience fueled by beautiful music, fabulous flowers, chocolate rabbits, and marshmallow peeps – so sweet and so compelling who could deny that day that the Lord is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.  So,…

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Remembrance

MY CONFESSION dear ones in Christ gathered faithfully here at Emmanuel is that my memory is bad lately. Not for names or faces: I’m having trouble sometimes with the day of the week, the month, or even what year it is. Some of that is the weather here in Virginia in April—winter then summer in…

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The Prodigal(S)

Arguably the most famous parable Jesus ever told, the prodigal son is an incredible story.  Charles Dickens said,  “It is the finest short story ever written.” Yet despite its popularity many of us might have missed the timeless meaning in this parable for us today.  The Context Of The Prodigal Son  To understand the meaning…

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Patience + Manure = Hope

In ancient of days, rabbis had myriad ways to read the Torah. Using their imaginations, they would scour the scriptures looking for meaning between the lines and in the spaces between the words. It’s called “midrash” and here is one of my favorites by Rabbi Marc Gellman. “When God set out to pick a leader…

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A Devilish Dilemma

In last week’s Gospel we read how the devil attacked Jesus in what arguably could be thought of as one of the hardest times in Jesus’ life … when Jesus was in the desert and tempted over and over and over again by the devil.  This week’s Gospel, however, shows us how the devil also…

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The Bear Didn’t Eat Me

WE WERE at one of my favorite places on earth—Shrinemont! The whole family was there for our parish weekend in August. Wendy and the girls were at the pool and the boys wanted to join the hike up to North Mountain. I had to finish something for the program that evening so told the boys…

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Go Tell It On the Mountain

The biblical story of the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-43a) — proclaimed today – appears in each of the four Gospels as an important moment in the life of Jesus and as evidence of His divinity.  After Jesus performs a series of miracles and foretells His own death, Jesus leads just three of His disciples, Peter, James…

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Fly Me to the Moon

I am pretty sure that just about everyone who knows me knows that I grew up Roman Catholic. An Anglican now for nearly forty years, there is much of my former tradition I still cherish, some things more than others.😊 My years at Holy Family School were drenched in ritual: rounds of the rosary, First…

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