Jesus said, “And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”
from the Gospel according to St. Mark. (13:24-37)
Happy New Year! Too early you say? Maybe for your iPhone’s calendar, but not for the Church Year.
This is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of our Church Calendar year. The liturgical color has changed to Purple, and if you read some of the info out there about Advent, it says that the color represents the solemnity or somberness of the season. Some even say Advent is a “little Lent” and it should be a time of penitence and repentance. Continue reading
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” From The Revelation to St. John the Divine
This past Wednesday was the actual All Saints Day, but we are celebrating it today as All Saints Sunday. All Saints Day is a principal feast of the church, which means it’s as important as Christmas and Easter. It’s just not as festive. There are no decorations sold at Walmart for your house, or yard. There are no Happy All Saints Day greeting cards sold by HallMark, or Stampin’ Up for that matter.
The Communion of Saints is one of those doctrines that is misunderstood by many who are not of the orthodox catholic faith. In the Nicene Creed, we profess that we believe in the Communion of Saints. Continue reading
Jesus said, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:34-46
Love is at the same time the most discussed topic in history, and the most misunderstood topic in history.
Some of you may remember the movie, “Love Story” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. It’s a tale of love between two young people who fall in love, get married, and then have to face the tragedy of her death. The one memorable line from the story was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Continue reading
GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AMEN.
It has been almost eleven years since the event that changed many lives in Nickel Mines, Penn. It was the day that Charles Roberts IV walked into a one room school house in an Amish community, ordered the men and boys to leave at gun point, tied up ten little girls, aged 6 to 13, killed five of them, injured the others, then killed himself.
Charles’ parents thought they would have to move away, as so many times the parents take the blame for what their adult children do, and in many cases are driven out of their communities by those who would seek vengeance. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I hate conflict. I go out of my way to avoid it. I know that is not always a good thing. Sometimes you have to confront things head on for the good of all concerned.
The scripture readings today give us advice on how to handle conflict. The toughest conflict is that which happens within a family.
I can tell you from experience of being a police chaplain, the calls that the cops dread the most are family disturbances. For some reason, conflict between close family members can turn violent very quickly, and the cops have to barge right into the middle of it, and try to diffuse it. Continue reading