If the dismissal were about going into the world to be nice, then it might make sense to add some alleluias or even a “Yay, rah!” But the dismissal is anything but that.
Back in my parish priest days, I would occasionally say in sermons or classes, “There are no saints of the status quo.” What I meant by that is that nearly all the people we remember and commemorate as saints are people who, in some way, rocked the boat.
The truth is, scriptures like these were not written for comfortable people. They were not written by comfortable people. These scriptures have nothing whatsoever to do with comfort. This week, we can’t look away. And we shouldn’t look away from the message of grace and mercy that the Gospel has for us.
Sometimes, I think we confuse the work of the church and the work of disciples. The church — literally, the ekklesia, the community — is found where Christians are gathered. The work of the church is to offer prayer and praise; to proclaim the Gospel; and to promote justice, peace, and love.
The two most important things we can do to work for peace in the Holy Land are to engage (if possible, by visiting and by making pilgrimage) and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This is actually the most important thing. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This will change our hearts and, I believe, the hearts of people throughout the Holy Land.
Today brings us to the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns. Their mandate, as I noted in 2012 is “to develop recommendations and strategies regarding common ministry opportunities and concerns with other Provinces of the Anglican Communion…”
On Friday, March 6, our pilgrimage group visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It’s hard to know how to put such horror — on a scale that is unimaginable — into words.
Today is Sunday, and so we naturally went to church. We decided to attend All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi. Though we arrived a bit late, we were warmly greeted.
In some ways, Gihembe is not very different from other densely populated villages. Each family has its own mud shelter. These are quite small at about twelve square meters each. There are schools, medical facilities, and places to worship. By the standards of this part of the world, conditions do not appear to be terrible.
What I want to commend here is the idea of preparing ourselves, with some urgency, to meet Jesus. Our meeting with Jesus may be at the Last Day, or it may be in the sacraments tomorrow, or it may be in the prisoner or the hungry tonight.
Monday in the third week of Advent Numbers 24:2-7,15-17a; Psalm 25:3-8; Matthew 21:23-27 Psalm 25:7 Gracious and upright is the LORD; * therefore he teaches sinners in his way. From St. Augustine’s Exposition on...
Tuesday in the second week of Advent Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 50:7-15; Matthew 18:12-14 Psalm 50:14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving * and make good your vows to the Most High. From St....