Tag: Seminarians

Brooding on Vipers

I don’t know much about snakes. Really, I don’t know anything. I think they’re weird animals – not at all cuddly, frankly a little creepy, they’re just not my thing. But this line from John the Baptist stands out to me every time I hear it: “you brood of vipers.” Turns out, vipers are interesting. They are venomous, of course, and can cause serious bodily harm…

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Thanksgiving for Christ the King

This week we celebrate two feast days: today is “Christ the King” Sunday, where we reflect on God’s claim of dominion in our lives, with our Gospel reading the dramatic courtroom confrontation between Pilate and Jesus. Thursday is Thanksgiving, our great American celebration day, with the dramatic confrontation over whether to have that second piece…

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Our Redemption

This is a tough Sunday for me to preach.  On the one hand, it’s been a big week for me, personally. I graduated on Thursday, my husband and I move on Tuesday, and this is the last time I am privileged to address you in my current capacity. I feel the need to mention and…

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The Magic of Easter

There we stood, the parish priest, the janitor, and me. The sink in the newly-renovated parish kitchen was emitting a gentle jet of water, straight up and out of the base of the faucet, which gracefully landed—thankfully—in the sink. The three of us stood in silence for a while, gaping, amazed that a brand-new sink…

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Easter is Absurd

Easter is absurd. Death on a cross followed by resurrection after a few days? That’s crazy. The miracles Jesus performed in his life before that? Also, absurd. When I stop and think about the billions of Christians over time who have bought into this story, I kind of can’t believe it.  But on the flip…

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Starry Eyed Hope

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” Holy Week blog post from KC Robertson During the last week of pre-shutdown innocence, I got a little piece of art delivered to me that has since lived on my bedside table. It reads as followed: “For a star to be born, there is one thing that must…

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From Darkness to Light

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O God, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. This is our fifth Sunday in Lent. Next week is Palm Sunday, that strange, difficult…

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Perseverance

I was listening to the radio the other day, and caught an interview with two NASA scientists. It turns out, the new Mars rover Perseverance has landed on the Red Planet. The host interviewing the scientists promised not to go overboard with her own speculations, but asked the question that we all wonder about: what would it…

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