When one has a selfish heart, one will do whatever they need to do to get what their heart wants. When we are ruled by selfishness, our minds will allow us to justify anything and everything so long as we get what we want, so long as those selfish desires are...
In the dark comedy Harold and Maude, twenty-something, despairing, death-obsessed Harold loves life-affirming Maude, who is getting ready to celebrate her 80th birthday. Toward the end of the movie (spoiler alert), Harold arranges a surprise party for her. He decorates a room with all her favorite flowers and gives her a present and says he wants her to be happy. She tells him she is happy, and then shares with him that she won’t live much longer….
…In Sunday’s Gospel we will read, people decided that they weren’t ready to make the sacrifices that Jesus was asking of them. Maybe they didn’t understand what Jesus was asking them to do and when they discovered the reality, they decided it wasn’t for them. Maybe they thought they were willing, but when push comes to shove, they decided that it was just too much for them to take on….
This is my give-away—
not because I don’t want
not because it’s out of
…“‘Give-Away Song’ honors our Dakota value of generosity and sharing whatever we have with those around us. This poem is also a response to the missionaries and Indian agents who often reported that our ancestors did not know the value of things that the government provided them—blankets, flour, meat, food, tools, other supplies—and that when those goods were distributed, the people would immediately share with others who did not have as much as they did. But I think our ancestors did know exactly the value of things and that value only comes when you can share.”
On Easter Sunday, when we were still worshipping on Zoom, I walked from my apartment to the church to join the service from my office. As I made my way down 9th Avenue, I registered a person seated outside our gate. As I got closer, I saw that it was a woman and that she was distressed. She was rocking back and forth, holding her head in her hands and crying. Approaching the church, I started to make out what she was saying: “I need help!” she cried. “I need help in Jesus’ name.”…
Perhaps it would be good for each of us to pause for a moment and look deeply into our own hearts and ask ourselves just what is the most impossible challenge we face in our Christian life today. Is it possibly the pandemic we have been experiencing, could it be financial, perhaps concern about our own health, family, those who refuse to take the vaccine? As we seriously consider the matter, would it be possible to place the value of that impossibility up against God’s power, and find a real and lasting solution that is pleasing to God?…
In a mid-June article titled, “This is the Summer the Youth Own New York,” the New York Times described the presence and energy of young people evident all over the city. After months and months of...
Last Monday we took our first steps back into worshipping in the building. Fifteen people gathered for a simple service of Holy Eucharist in the Muriel Moore Chapel, and in my homily, I spoke about the Japanese art of Kintsugi—literally translated as “golden joinery.” Kintsugi is the process of mending broken pottery with glue and a gold dusted lacquer. Rather than trying to hide the brokenness and the cracks, Kintsugi embraces them as part of the whole. The result is a work of art that is created with elements of the past and has a new beauty forged from the experiences of the present.
This past week, on Wednesday the 29th, was the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. It was the patron feast of my former parish, St. Michael’s on the Upper West Side, but it may not be a feast day you’ve ever thought much about. Focusing on angels may not seem useful in these current times when there are so many pressing issues in our world that need our attention….
In our Calendar of Saints yesterday we remembered Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, the first African American female Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Anna was born to former slaves in 1865. She was the youngest of eleven children and spent her life and ministry in Georgia….