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Sunday, 15 January 2017
Passage: John 1:29-42
Duration: 15 mins 21 secs
There are moments in life when you know something wonderful has begun. Something mysterious that needs to be lived out to discover all of the wonderfulness that awaits. A great beginning and an epic journey. In this Sunday's Gospel, the Apostle Andrew, brother of Simon, knows he is at such a beginning and brings his brother along as well. He knew he had found the Messiah. The Christ. He knew it even though he had no idea what following Jesus would entail. Join us this Sunday as we reflect on the joy and wonder of following Jesus. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 08 January 2017
Duration: 21 mins 33 secs
When Jesus is baptized, he hears the voice of God speaking from heaven, affirming that He is beloved and God is well-pleased. The voice of God, which also breaks cedars, shakes the wilderness, causes oaks to whirl and flashes forth flames of fire… that voice. As dramatic as the baptism of Jesus was, it was also only the beginning of his ministry; it was the beginning of his call to transform history, our hearts, and the ownership of this world. Likewise, our baptism is the beginning of our ministry, the beginning of our living out the call of God on our lives for his Kingdom. But we generally expect and perhaps hope for a gentler version of the Voice of God.
Sunday, 01 January 2017
Duration: 12 mins 3 secs
It's mind blowing! Ok, so I couldn't resist. An epiphany alters our perceptions on a core level. We are never quite the same after an epiphany. For example once you understand that God loves you and wants you to live for eternity much of the urgency goes out of our various appetites and needs. Life just never feels quite as desperate again. An epiphany is mind blowing. So this year we will celebrate the season of "Blown Minds" (no not really. Just kidding) and begin this Sunday with the feast of The Epiphany. Much is revealed. Lives are changed. God is very involved. Don't miss it. -Ed
Sunday, 25 December 2016
Passage: John 1:1-14
Duration: 10 mins 47 secs
This week, we celebrate the tipping point of human history. The night the world both natural and supernatural irrevocably changed. God became man and dwelt among us. The Word became incarnate and humbled himself to be human, infant, dependent, and adored. In the relentless rush of time, there was a moment when the obedience and labor of Mary, the care of Joseph, the song of angels, and adoration of shepherds all focused on the One who brings salvation, peace and true hope to the entire world.
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Duration: 13 mins 23 secs
When God calls, do not be afraid. What lies ahead may indeed be inconvenient, often terrifying, and personally costly. But it will also be glorious. In Sunday's Gospel from Matthew, we hear how God guided Joseph to take Mary as his wife despite her pregnancy. We hear what this child shall be named and what purpose the child would fulfill. Joseph and Mary are models of faithful obedience. They are preeminent among the Saints and role models for us to emulate. This Sunday we will celebrate God's activity and guidance in Jesus' Incarnation and reflect on ways we, like Joseph, may say yes to God. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Duration: 14 mins 39 secs
This Sunday, we are waiting. It’s the third Sunday of Advent and we are waiting both for Christmas and for the second coming of Christ. Both for a day of rejoicing with gifts and family or friends, and a time when the brokenness, suffering, poverty and injustice of this world is replaced with the joy, healing and reconciliation of God’s full redemption of the earth. And they both seem to be coming both too quickly for the work to be done in time, and too slowly. In our epistle we read: “Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” James 5:7-8 And in our Gospel reading we have John the Baptist in prison sending emissaries to Jesus in a fit of impatience : "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" Matthew 11:3. Sometimes our expectations blind us to what God is really doing in our midst, and we need to practice the discomfort of patience while persevering in the work that is set before us.
Sunday, 04 December 2016
Duration: 14 mins 16 secs
This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent and our Gospel is from Matthew 3. If you are reading the Gospel of Matthew as an Advent discipline you will have already read Matthew's description of John the Baptist and his prophetic ministry. It's stunning in the blunt way prophets often are. Prophetic words have a way of sliding under or around our sense of self and landing home with greater impact than is comfortable. They help us clear the cobwebs of our spiritual life and see more clearly the reality we live within. They help us get real by shining light on our self deceptions and personal bargains. The journey into God is a journey into reality and marked with many moments of getting real. This Sunday as we continue to get ready St. John challenges us to get real. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Duration: 11 mins 4 secs
Happy Thanksgiving! In a few days we will celebrate Christian New Years otherwise known as Advent 1. We begin our new year with a celebration of our hope that Jesus will come again in glory and judgment. This age will be brought to a sudden close and the new creation will be ushered in. Justice and mercy shall reign. Suffering and pain will end and the company of saints will get their new bodies in a new creation. There will be no business as usual. Now we live awaiting a new day in the early light of dawn patiently awaiting the sun's full rise. Its time to be ready.
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Passage: Luke 23:33-43
Duration: 10 mins
Every year we come around to Christ the King Sunday I find myself humming campfire songs from the 10 years I helped run summer camps in Alberta. "King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Glory Alleluia!" Fun times. Now a little older I approach this Sunday with more awe, wonder, and gratitude. Awe and wonder because I ever more clearly understand the world we see is not the world we live in. The world we live in includes what we see but also the "unseen" mentioned in our Creed. We live in a spiritual world just as real as the physical one we see. Gratitude that our Lord Jesus is more patient with us than we often are with ourselves. Judgement comes to us all but we have this time to live into the real world where Jesus is Christ the King. Please join with me this Sunday as we come towards his throne. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Passage: Luke 21:5-19
Duration: 11 mins 9 secs
It's time to put down our internet news, our TV remote, our radio and paper for a few minutes and pick up this week’s scripture; to take our eyes off the drama, name calling, blaming, relief, disbelief, confusion, and gloating of the election and look into the eyes of our Savior. It is possible to be hated, misunderstood, falsely accused, and mocked and still respond in love; just look at our Savior on the cross. It is possible to meet the broken, the wounded, the fearful, and the outcast, and those acting like toddlers, and bring healing, mercy and grace; just look at the life of our Savior. The drama of this election and the various reactions to it are very small in comparison to what this week’s gospel prepares us to face, and small indeed to what other Christians in the world today are facing. All of this is temporary, but it is also opportunity to practice loving those who disagree with us, in preparation for proclaiming the gospel in word and deed to others who may someday want to arrest and kill us because of His name.
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