Archive of Weekly Sermons

Breath of New Life

It’s the second Sunday of Easter,which means we meet themost-maligned disciple after Judas:Thomas the Twin,more famously known as “Doubting Thomas,”the only disciplethat is known primarilyfor an adjective—doubting. Thousands of sermons have been preachedabout poor Thomas,about his doubts,some criticizing him,some sympathizing with him,but, frankly, mostly getting it wrong. After all, Thomas isn’t the interesting one here.He’s […]Read more “Breath of New Life”

We Remember

Like women thousands of years before them and even in our day, they went to the place where their beloved friend lay – a stone tomb, given by Joseph of Arimethea, where Jesus had been placed after his death, wrapped in cloths, the stone at the entrance rolled closed, before the sun set marking the […]Read more “We Remember”

Save Us

HOSANNA! Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! That’s what they shoutedas Jesus entered Jerusalem;that’s what they shoutedas they spread their cloaksand spread branches before him,welcoming him asthey would welcome royalty. We said, “Hosanna!”We sang, “We are marching in the light of God”and “All Glory […]Read more “Save Us”

Bread and Roses

In the 2014 movie Pride,there is a scene of lovelinessthat you know you shouldn’t fall for,but do. A woman stands upin a crowded room full of talk and confusionand begins to singin a haunting voice;soon a few more womenstand to sing with her,then the whole room.All are joined in song,and tears prick your eyes. Pride […]Read more “Bread and Roses”

Gratitude and Repentance

We all know thatthe word “Gospel”means “Good News,”but there seems to belittle good in today’spassage from Luke’s Gospel. The crowd tells Jesusabout the latest tragedy:Pilate’s thugs entered the Temple,slaughtering Jews while at worship.To add insult,they mingled their bloodwith the sacrificesthey were making at the altar. Jesus responds with a storythat’s not good and not even […]Read more “Gratitude and Repentance”

A Cosmic Conflict

Today we find ourselvesin the desert,as we do every yearon the first Sunday in Lent,witnessing Jesus alonein a barren landscape,a place known thennot as an empty place,but a place inhabitedby frightening evil.It is there that Jesusis tempted for 40 days by the devil. At the end of those 40 days,the devil, evil, slithers upto Jesus, […]Read more “A Cosmic Conflict”

Mountaintop Moments

All were astounded at the greatness of God.They were astonished on the mountaintop,where Jesus had taken a few disciples—Peter, James, and John—to pray after he had revealedsome terrible truths to them:that he was going to have to suffer,be rejected and killedand that if they want to follow himthey’re going to have to take up their […]Read more “Mountaintop Moments”

You Are Not Alone

A few years agoAnderson Cooper interviewed Stephen Colbert—perhaps you’ve seen it? During that interview,Cooper quotes Colbert sayingin an earlier interview,“What punishments from God are not gifts?” This was Colbert’s responsewhen asked about the plane crashthat killed his father and two brotherswhen he was only 10 years old. Cooper repeats the line—What punishments from God are […]Read more “You Are Not Alone”

A Love Story for All of Us

We are in the midstof two secular high holy days.I’m not talking aboutthe Super Bowl;that gets no attention from meunless the Pittsburgh Steelers are in it,and they’re not. Again. Rather, I’m talking aboutthe high holy day of romantic love,Valentine’s Day,and it’s made upbut pretty cool sisterGalentine’s Day,which we celebrate today.Thank you, Leslie Knopefrom the sitcom […]Read more “A Love Story for All of Us”

If it isn’t Good News for the Poor, it isn’t Good News

When I last lived in Chicago,  I lived in Andersonville but taught on the Southwest side.  Every morning I drove  the entire length of  Lake Shore Drive to the Eisenhower,  got off at Cicero,  driving past Midway airport to get to school.  No matter what,  this was at least a 45-minute drive. Then, I’d reverse […]Read more “If it isn’t Good News for the Poor, it isn’t Good News”

Popping Champagne

Years ago a theologian  from University of Chicago said this: “Christians ought to be celebrating constantly. We ought to be preoccupied with parties, banquets, feasts, and merriment. We ought to give ourselves over to joy because we have been liberated from the fear of life and the fear of death. We ought to attract people […]Read more “Popping Champagne”

Who Makes the Paths Straight?

O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I speak to you in the name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,Mother to us all. Amen+True Confession:I’m terrible atpreparing for Christmas.For years, our houseremained bare of decorationsbecause the weeksbefore Christmaswere all about preparingfor finals when I was a teacher,and now that I’m a priest,I’m too busywith church to […]Read more “Who Makes the Paths Straight?”