Everything, and a Better Day

The Old Testament and Gospel readings today revolve around widows, particularly the contrast between these widows and people who are rich and powerful (1 Kings 17:8-16 and Mark 12:38-44).  In 1 Kings, we read about Elijah and the widow of Zarephath.  Right before our reading for today, Elijah had announced the Lord Yahweh’s judgment against Israel for its unfaithfulness to …

For All the Saints

Today we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday and remember all those who have gone before us in the faith.  We follow in the footsteps of the Church since Christ’s ascension and therefore stand here today with our ancestors in the faith behind us and with our descendants yet before us in the future.  The Church is not only the collection of …

Happy All Saints’ Day!

Today is All Saints’ Day when we remember all those who have gone before us in the faith.  We follow in the footsteps of the Church since Christ’s ascension and therefore are here now with our ancestors in the faith behind us and with our descendants yet before us in the future.  The Church is not only the collection of God’s people …

The Eternal Gospel

The human eye is pretty amazing.  Each of your eyes has about 120 million rods and 7 million cones.  The rods are more sensitive, but can only detect shades of gray and so are used for night vision.  The cones are used for color detection and daylight vision.  With them you can perceive depth and size as well as see …

Marriage

Both our Old Testament and Gospel readings today talk about marriage, and then our epistle reminds us that “we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:2-16; Hebrews 2:1-18).  So, it would be fitting today to talk about marriage, where it comes from, and what it is an …

Children of the Father

I think that at times we’ve probably all experienced the feeling that perhaps people aren’t really listening to us, or understanding us, when we’re trying to tell them something important.  You can tell that their mind is wandering.   Jesus has a similar experience in Mark 9:30-37 where his disciples aren’t quite grasping what he is trying to tell them.  …

Words of Blessing

St. James in his epistle mentions horses (James 3:1-12).  If you’ve ever ridden a horse, you’ve seen the bit that you put into the horse’s mouth to control him.  The bit rests in the mouth and on the tongue.  The bit then connects to the bridle, and then the rider sits on the back of the horse with the reigns …