The Sunday Sermon: Who is my neighbor?

Proper 10/Year C Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 10:25-37 There was a cartoon in The New Yorker a couple of years ago which featured what looked to be a middle aged man talking to an elderly woman in the mail area of their apartment building, and the man is saying to the woman, “Technically, my … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Compassion

Proper 5/Year C 1 Kings 17:8-16 Galatians 1:11-24 Luke 7:11-17 Some of you may remember my speaking of my dear friends Steve and Andrew. Steve and I originally met when we both started attending seminary at what is now called Bloy House, an Episcopal program for commuters, associated with the School of Theology at Claremont and part of … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: One?

Easter 7/Year C Acts 16:16-34 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26 About a year ago I saw a post on Facebook which said something like “Live Your Life in Such a Way the Westboro Baptist Church will Picket Your Funeral,” which I thought was pretty great so I shared it on my timeline. For those … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: sitting on the bench

Easter 5/Year C   Acts 11:1-18   Revelation 21:1-6   John 13:31-35   It has continued to be a difficult week in the news. With the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, along with news footage of the funerals of those killed, and those injured, along with the pictures, good Lord the pictures, from the Boston Marathon bombings, many of us … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Pure Nard

Lent 5/Year C  Isaiah 43:16-21  Philippians 3:4b-14  John 12:1-8  Pure Nard Today’s Gospel reading from John paints an uncomfortable picture. To begin with, in the context of our 21st century minds, touching someone else’s feet is something many of us are uncomfortable with. For those of you who have participated in the foot washing we do … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Baptism: Act Like It

  Epiphany 1: The Baptism of Our Lord   Isaiah 43:1-7   Acts 8:14-17   Luke 3:15-17, 21-22     About 20 years or so ago, when I was a parishioner here at the Cathedral, The Rev. Canon Alden Franklin, our Canon Liturgist at the time, preached on a Sunday when there were baptisms and during the sermon, one … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: God the Father

First Sunday after Christmas Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Psalm 147:13-21 Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 John 1:1-18 “And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Today we come upon one of those passages in the New Testament that sounds as if we are overhearing someone else’s … READ MORE…

Christmas Sermon: We are Shepherds

Christmas Day/Year C Isaiah 62:6-12 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:8-20 I was reminded recently from a commentary  written by The Rev. Dr. David Lose, a professor at Luther Seminary, how shepherds at the time of Jesus’ birth were not romantic or saintly types. From years of Christmas pageants, movies, lovely cards, and artwork, the image of … READ MORE…

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