“The Great Commission” Our reading today moves us along very quickly.  It was only on Sunday that we celebrated the resurrection and now Jesus is on the mountain commissioning his disciples for the work they are to carry on.  But this is true to the gospel of Matthew.  Only one […]

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  The story of Easter is the most single most important story in the Christian faith.  The resurrection story invites us into a different vision of reality – a vision that assures us that life triumphs over death, love triumphs over hatred, comfort triumphs over suffering, hope triumphs over despair, faith triumphs over fear, and […]

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  Whatever you do, do not look away.   Do not avert your gaze from the horror of the cross, and from the broken, crucified body who hangs from it.   Do not turn your eyes away from this crucified Messiah.   It might feel uncomfortable to look at him, and ponder what he experienced; […]

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        Today is Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday and, as such, the day in the cycle of the Passion story when Christ gathered with his friends and followers for his last supper. What happened that night is now the basis for the central sacrament of our spiritual tradition – the […]

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    Life’s life a road that you travel on When there’s one day here and the next day gone Sometimes you bend and sometimes you stand Sometimes you turn your back to the wind.   The lyrics to Tom Cochrane’s famous song, “Life is a Highway” draw upon one of the most common metaphors […]

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      The Embrace   Recently I went to see the award winning movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  It traces the story of the band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury, brilliantly played by actor Rami Malek, from its humble beginnings as a pub band through its meteoric rise to popularity in the 1970’s and […]

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                  Stay woke. Some of you might have heard this phrase, which came into the cultural mainstream during the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.   Stay woke.   The simple phrase conveyed a host of different meanings – stay aware of what is happening in […]

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    The gift of friendship is among the greatest blessings of this life. The gift of trusted, loving companions in our lives, people upon whom we can depend in good times and in bad, people with whom we want to share life’s greatest celebrations, people to whom we can turn in times of difficulty […]

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    We all know that Jesus told some pretty powerful stories.   Good Samaritans, prodigal sons, lost sheep, farmers sowing their fields, servants trying to put their talents to good use – they were memorable, insightful, sometimes entertaining stories, populated by interesting characters and situations, yet always worthy of our reflections as we seek […]

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      The only scene that I remember from the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” takes place close to the end of the film.  The movie follows the adventures of Indiana Jones, that intrepid archaeologist with the fedora and the bullwhip, as he sets out to find and recover the legendary Holy […]

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