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Rector’s Blog 2018-08-09T12:12:05+00:00

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Tree of Life Synagogue Attack

On Saturday a lone gunman attacked the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing eleven worshippers and injuring six other people. There are far too many attacks on innocent victims in our country and they are endemic around the world. As Americans and as Christians, however, we have a particular responsibility when the victims are Jews. Our country, having marginalized Jews and rejected refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, was among the nations that

October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Tree of Life Synagogue Attack

Suffering: Meditating on Mark 7:24-37

1. Human suffering involves many factors that often get all mixed up. Jesus shows by this teaching and example that suffering comes into our lives. In itself, it is not from God but as Paul says, God works for good in everything for those who love him. 2. God hates human suffering. He wants to “wipe away every tear from (our) eyes.” (Revelation 21:4) Every time Jesus is faced with someone who is sick or

October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Suffering: Meditating on Mark 7:24-37

Praying the Weekly Collects

During Jesus' earthly ministry, his disciples came to him and said, “Teach us to pray”. And he gave them the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, as a fixed form of prayer for them to pray together, and to repeat, over and over again. And, as so many of us know, repeating it, over and over again, allows that prayer to enter deeply into our hearts and souls. Well, the Church, the Body of Christ, our

August 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Praying the Weekly Collects

Suffering

Human suffering involves many factors that often get all mixed up.  1. Jesus shows by this teaching and example that suffering comes into our lives. In itself, it is not from God but as Paul says, God works for good in everything for those who love him.  2. Sometimes hardship, suffering, is necessary in order to accomplish our purpose. (The bleeding fingers of a novice guitarist?) Jesus of course is the paradigmatic example – suffering

August 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Suffering

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Of all the saints, Mary seems to be the one who touches us the deepest, right in the heart.  I think that’s because in Mary we see the fullness of the Gospel.  We see one of us: our Sister, our Mother, full of love for God, full of the grace of God, filled with the Spirit of God, and therefore able to bring Christ into the World.   And, we want to be like her –

August 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on The Blessed Virgin Mary

May grace and peace be yours in abundance.

May grace and peace be yours in abundance. In my reading and meditation last week I cam across St. Peter’s first letter to his churches – and through them to The Church. He writes, “May grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (verse 2). This is his prayer of blessing for them: “May grace and peace be yours in abundance.” This led me to pray the same prayer for St. Mary’s, for my friends and

June 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Bearing False Witness

Bearing False Witness Rodney Stark, a prodigious and ground breaking church historian with no deeply held faith, has researched the growth of the early church, the role of friendship groups in affiliation and conversion and much else. Out of the fruit of a lifetime of historical study he has taken aim at the calumnies constantly alleged against the Christian Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.  Have you ever heard that the Christian Church suppressed scholarly

June 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Tandoori and the Quran

Tandoori and the Quran On our second day in New York we had take out from a new Indian restaurant on Madison Ave, Bawarchi. Lovely Chicken Tikka Masala (the national dish of England), lamb vindaloo (which I didn’t dare touch) and wonderful Muligtawany Soup. (Yes, that is how they spell it.) The restaurant advertised that it was “Halal”, the Islamic equivalent of Kosher. Many “Indian” restaurants are, often serving neither beef nor pork so as

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Lord, increase our faith!

Lord, increase our faith! In last Sunday’s Gospel, the disciples exclaim to Jesus, “Lord, increase our faith.” Most of us have cried that prayer many times. Here are some specific ways to help our faith grow. Pray for it. Practice faith in small things Keep a record, a journal of God’s faithfulness Keep company with faithful people in the church Read scripture daily Receive Holy Communion often   As we do these things our faith,

October 8th, 2016|0 Comments

There are two seas in Palestine

There are two seas in Palestine We are heading home today. Here is a meditation on the seas of the Jordan River that someone shared with us on our Pilgrimage.  There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters... The Sea of Galilee receives but does not

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments
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