Friday, February 16, 2018

Rainbow Covenant


Today's flooding rains are a timely backdrop for Sunday's first reading about God's covenant with  Noah (Genesis 9:8-15.)  A myth is a story that captures an eternal truth.  The eternal truth that Noah and the ark captures is that God is always ready to start over with the human race, no matter what evil we have done: slavery, prejudice against blacks, anti-Semitism, abuse of our fragile planet, wars, evil governments, tolerating shootings, poverty, sickness.  The rainbow is God's promise to keep on loving his creation.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday Valentine


First time in 73 years that Ash Wednesday is falling on St. Valentine's Day.  We celebrate a saint who gave his life for Jesus.  We turn our back on our sins as they are reduced to ashes and make God the center of this holy season.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Look at God


If we focus on God instead of on our sinfulness we will turn from sin.  Sometimes we can let our sins become so large in our minds that there is no room for Love.  As God begs us to return to him (Joel 2:12-18) he gives as motivation that "he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love."  Who would not want to grow closer to such a God!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Care for Sick


In his first nine chapters Mark describes Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law, a leper and ten other sick individuals.  He tells us also that Jesus healed a lot more than that.   Mark wants to emphasize that care of the sick is a priority of Jesus.
When Jesus no longer walked the earth he wanted that care for the sick to be continued by his followers, not just as individuals but as a community.  Through twenty centuries we, as a church, have been outstanding in our care for the sick.  Don't you think Jesus would want our country to care for as many sick as possible?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Listening


Being on the sea helps me to be still and listen.  A  trip on a catamaran along the west coast of St. Lucia was one of the highlights of my vacation this year in the Caribbean.
In my life of prayer I went from reading Scripture, to talking to God, to saying less and less, to silence, and finally to listening. Not listening to myself thinking, but becoming silent until I hear God.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Epiphany


This feast is an invitation and a warning.   The Magi accepted the invitation of the star and went in search of a God.  Herod and his crowd failed to heed the warning.  They knew all that there was to know about God and missed the revelation.  All our lives are a search, even in our own backyard, for a better understanding of God.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!


The new year came in yesterday morning at 3 degrees.  2 this morning, but it got up to 16 today with a very sunny day.  I spent several hours reading and praying in a room with a whole wall of glass facing south.  The Lake froze fast these last few days and looked beautiful in today's sunshine.
This past year has been a good gift from God, especially the recent insight into Love already flowing, available to us.   I hope God will help me in the year ahead to rethink how to present our Christian faith in that light.