Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Yesterday was “Fast-a-Thon” for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen; a day when participants ask those in their network to sponsor them as they fast in support of our Soup Kitchen guests. The fast is a modified exercise: in solidarity with those who come to our doors for a hot meal (which is often the only sustenance they receive on any give day), we are asked to eat only one meal within a twenty-four hour-period instead of three….

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Be Prepared | The Rev. Robert A Jacobs, Deacon

As a teenager I joined the Boy Scouts, and always remembered the Boy Scout Motto. “Be Prepared.”

The story of the 10 Virgins, Matthew 25:1-13, illustrates this. Five where ready with their lamps when the Bridegroom came and five were not.

This is symbolic, as when we don’t know when the Lord shall return, we don’t know the day nor the hour. He just might come like a thief in the night, and we need to keep oil in our lamps, because in your waiting you don’t have time to run back to the store.

This was the issue with the five foolish virgins. They were not prepared for the bridegroom; they were not prepared to wait on the Lord. They were just caught in the moment of fashion, being on the list, and just hanging out with the in-crowd….

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Conscientious Objector | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

All Saints Day was this past Wednesday, November 1, and we will be celebrating this major feast in the church year on Sunday. During this time of war, in places where there is so much death and anguish, it is especially poignant to reflect on the people who have lived their lives in the service of others—those who have insisted on the humanity of all; those who have committed themselves to peace, even when peace seemed to be an impossibility….

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Faithful Processing | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes is a theologian and pastor with experience in education, activism and the arts. She describes her life as being “committed to the struggle for justice, the healing of the human spirit, and the art of relevant and radical creativity.” In our individual and collective struggles to process current events and respond faithfully, she offers us this list of spiritual reflections and practices…

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Changes In Our Lifetime | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

God’s gift of grace is generously showered upon all, but if we do not receive that grace and allow it to change us, we can miss out on the abundant life of salvation….

Grace is the grace that goes before us, available to all people. Justifying grace is the grace that moves us from our old selves into a new covenant life with God, and sanctifying grace is the grace by which we grow in our Christ likeness….

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Instruments Of Peace | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Two weeks ago, I wrote here about St. Matthew. Last Friday, Mother Susan wrote about St. Michael. If it’s not too much “saint focus” (is there such a thing as too much “saint focus?”), today I remind us that Wednesday of this week was the day when we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi. Arguably the most famous saint in Christendom, Francis is known and beloved by people from across the spectrum of faith traditions.

Because he is so famous, many stories of his life are well known. His conversion to Christianity follows an arc similar to St. Paul’s, and his expression of faith echoes medieval ballads of courtly love. In rejecting temporary comforts, he reminds us of God’s provision for all. When he confronts the Wolf of Gubbio, Francis takes a stand against demonizing the stranger. In his Canticle of the Sun, Francis draws all things together, rejoicing in God’s infinite expressions of creativity….

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Words, Action, Embodyment | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

In her memoir about growing up white and privileged in the South, Episcopal priest and feminist theologian Carter Heyward shares this story from her childhood: she loved horses, and she often rode one special horse named Red. One day, while she was riding, she was having an especially difficult time getting Red to synch up with where they both needed to go. If she indicated right, Red went left, and vice-versa.

Her frustration grew and grew (which, of course, did nothing to address the problem!). Eventually her trainer entered the ring, saw what was happening, and shouted out, “Communicate with your horse, Carter!” So, she reports that she started talking to Red as if the horse was a child, or a friend. The trainer corrected her immediately: “I didn’t say talk to Red. I said communicate!”…

Hunger and Heart | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Forgiveness | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

We hear forgiveness in the Lord’s Prayer. We hear forgiveness in our creed. We hear about forgiveness in our confession.

What is forgiveness? The dictionary says, to excuse for a fault or offense, to grant pardon without harboring resentment, to excuse a mistake without fault, an intentional decision to let go of resentment and anger. The Greek word translated forgiveness to means, “to let go.”

Forgiveness is in many ways a learned behavior. We learn how to forgive. We learn to value it or not. We can also learn other lessons about forgiveness. Some people hold righteous anger. They bare a grudge for decades….


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