Propelled by the Spirit

    It is not exactly the kind of post-baptism celebration to which we are accustomed – no brunch with proud family, friends and godparents, no champagne, no gifts, no oohing and aahing over the newly baptized.     There is none of that for Jesus....

Don’t Give Up

    “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church to an observance of a holy Lent.”     This year, these words that I have said almost every Ash Wednesday for more than a quarter of a century sound different to me....

A Lenten Prayer

    Today is the last Sunday of the season of Epiphany, those weeks between Christmas and the beginning of Lent.       Epiphany ends every year with the reading we heard today, the story of the Transfiguration – the ultimate mountaintop experience where...

Have You Not Known?

    Today’s reading from the prophet Isaiah finds the people of Israel in deep despair, wondering if they’ve been abandoned by God.     The land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the land that God led them to...

Christmas in the Dark

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined.”     Usually on Christmas Eve preachers don’t pay a lot of attention to the first two readings of...

Jesus’ Birth Announcement

    This third Sunday of Advent we light the pink candle on our wreath to symbolize the joy expressed by Mary when she learns she will bear a son who will be the Savior of the world.     Mary bursts into song at this unexpected news, the...

Preparing the Way

    What do you still need to do to be prepared for Christmas?     Do you still have gifts to buy? Decorating to do? Cards to mail? Baking and cooking? Wrapping?     There is so much to do between now and December 25. I...

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