The Sunday Sermon: Enough Light for New Stars

Fifth Sunday in Lent – Year A St. Paul’s Cathedral, April 2, 2017 John 11:1-45 Christie Fleming Jesus learns that one of his best friends is gravely ill. Lazarus is the brother of Martha and Mary, friends who had welcomed Jesus into their home. It was a home filled with love, a home that served … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The Healing of the Blind Man

John 9:1-41 The Healing of the Man Born Blind: Gospel with Sermon Commentary  Penelope M. Bridges, March 26, 2017   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Glory to you, Lord Christ.   As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: God So Loved the World

There’s a lot of baggage attached to this section of John’s Gospel. Many of us have been beaten over the head with questions about being born again. We have become almost immune to the power of verse 16: God so loved the world … because it’s been abused and over-exposed, on billboards and even at … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Places in the Heart

Today is the 1st Sunday of Lent, 2017 – a season that draws us on, from the Incarnation of our Lord, from the starry sky of his divine manifestation, into the lengthening daylight of a more introspective season. For today, we ponder in our hearts how the Holy Spirit, who visited Mary, who gave Jesus … READ MORE…

The Ash Wednesday Sermon: Two Lenten Truths

Holy God, You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return. For so did you ordain when you created us, saying, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” All of us go down to the dust; yet even … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Be Transfigured

When I worked at the children’s hospital, one of the most difficult tasks children and their parents encountered was physical rehab. Oftentimes, the kids would have come in to the hospital from a car wreck, or from a long-planned surgery, or some other big life event. And just when they were starting to feel human … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Holy God, Holy People

 Let’s start by acknowledging how hard this is. Matthew Chapters 5-7. The Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes. It all sounds so harmless, so poetic. Lovely titles for impossible demands. This long series of Jesus’ teachings, from which our Gospel readings have come for the last four weeks, starts with paradox – blessed are the … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Power, Reconciliation, Resistance

Let’s talk about power. Let me give you two images: the beheading of John the Baptist is the first. The second is the feeding of the thousands in Jesus’ ministry. Somehow, this world does not doubt the former. Sometimes it is wielded by Herod, sometimes by Pharaoh, others by Caesar- the rulers of this world … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Earn your Salt

This week I celebrated the 19th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. I posted something on Facebook, as one does, and received lots of loving and positive messages. It reminded me, not that I needed reminding, of what a joy and a privilege it is to serve as a priest, and especially to serve … READ MORE…

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