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Sunday, 26 March 2017
Passage: John 9:1-41
Duration: 19 mins 26 secs
The blind man in John 9 was blind from birth. Jesus says this is not because of sin but in order, "that the works of God might be displayed in him." Yep. God let this man be blind his entire life so that this moment could occur and his life be wholly changed. If our perspective is such that this life is what we hold dearest, God will seem cruel towards this poor man. If this is our response, it means we are blind to the life that Jesus offers and which this man embraces joyfully. Living a converted life means allowing God to be God and submitting our life to His divine will. When we sing, "Here I am send me," we can't be surprised when God says, "Ok then," and gives us a difficult task to do. This Sunday, I'll be preaching on the joys and challenges of having our eyes opened. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Passage: & John 4:5-42
Duration: 19 mins 42 secs
The concerns of this life are endless. Politics, finances, employment, relationships, health, career, children, and housing are just some of the areas that generate worries in life. Everyone has life disappointments. Each of us gets our own little mix of issues that occupy our attention and seek to shape our concerns. What is a Christian to do with life's disappointments? Some preach a gospel where life's disappointments are signs of a lack of faith. This is a false gospel. This Sunday I will be reflecting on the one thing that sustains us in our troubles and sustains us to eternal life. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Passage: John 3:1-17
Duration: 16 mins 16 secs
In the midst of Lent, the season in which we contemplate ashes, mortality, repentance, fasting, and penitence, this Sunday we read about blessings, protection, faith, mercy and being born of the spirit. Our readings culminate in the book of John with a familiar passage: And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:14-16 Come join us this week to continue the adventure of a Holy Lent.
Sunday, 05 March 2017
Duration: 18 mins 7 secs
Our belief is imperfect. If you suppose belief is binary, something you have or don't have, you are not understanding belief as the word is often used in Scripture or Tradition. Here, belief can mean Faith and include echoes of Trust, Hope, Persistence and Obedience. Our Unbelief is those areas of our faith in God where we get in our own way. These are the places where God is not first. Lent is a season to engage the areas of unbelief in our lives in order to grow in faithfulness. Please join me on Sunday as we reflect on Jesus' temptation and our life of faith. - Fr. Ed
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Duration: 12 mins 58 secs
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Duration: 13 mins 19 secs
This Sunday, just before we begin our journey through Lent on our way to Holy Week, we celebrate the Transfiguration: the day Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem and his crucifixion, pauses to go up a mountain with his closest disciples, where He shines like the sun, speaks to Moses and Elijah, and is commended by the voice of God booming out of an overshadowing bright cloud. Unsurprisingly, the disciples fall on their faces in fear. Come join us in contemplating this remarkable moment and how it colors our view of Lent.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Duration: 16 mins 22 secs
This Sunday, we continue to sit at the feet of Jesus listening to the Sermon on the Mount. In this teaching, Jesus demolishes human wisdom and even exceeds Old Testament law regarding defending our rights, resisting evil and retaliation. Instead, we are called to give way, ignore insults and disarm our enemies by unexpected generosity and love. We are called to be the children of our Father in heaven, who extends costly self sacrificing love to the whole world; including those who rejected Him to the point of crucifixion. Would that we could live and speak in ways that point past our flaws of pride and selfishness to the perfect love of the Father.
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Duration: 11 mins 17 secs
We live in a very political time in which rights, legalities, roles, and loopholes occupy our news cycles and our nation's attention. These topics are never really very far from people's minds most of the time as life inevitably involves them. In this week's Gospel, Jesus challenges this very human focus with a teaching that shifts our attention from such peripheral concerns to the heart of our relationship with God. If we approach God through a filter of rights, legalities, roles and loopholes, we will never escape a focus on ourselves in order to appreciate that God is God and we are not. Please join me this week as we continue our "pivot" towards lent and do a little spiritual spring cleaning. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 05 February 2017
Duration: 15 mins 40 secs
This Sunday's reading from the Sermon on the Mount reminds us that being a Christian involves mission. We are salt and light in the world. Jesus doesn't say that we can become salt and light but that we are salt and light. It's not optional. What is an option is whether we are salt that has not lost its flavor or light that is hidden. This week I had opportunity to tell the story of how God gave us buildings. I rarely tire of telling the story. It's a light that shines and reveals God's Glory. It also reminds me at a very deep level that all that we do at St. James is an act of stewardship and worship. Stewardship because all that we have is a gift of God and worship because what we seek to do is give God Glory. This Sunday I will reflect on Salt and Light and the privilege of worship.
Sunday, 29 January 2017
Duration: 13 mins 8 secs
This week’s readings are a powerful summary of God’s call on us to live righteously. Please read them not as fodder for guilt, but as a clear image of who we are called to become by the grace and forgiveness of the crucifixion and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to live in truth, mercy, and justice, as peacemakers, in humility before God, following not the wisdom of men, but the crucified Son of God. As you have time this week, I invite you to consider and contemplate the core of our readings: He has told you, O mortal, what is good;... Micah 6:8 O LORD, who may abide in your tent? .... Psalm 15 “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, ... but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles....” 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven..... Matthew 5:3-10
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