Monthly Archives: August 2013

Magnificat

My imagination is scattered, but my heart still hungers for something good; my soul magnifies God the great and merciful, but mine eyes look to the Golan hills; from where is help to come? We are fortunate that God does … Continue reading

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The doves of democracy

It sounded on my radio this morning as though the world was repeating to its leaders the lessons it learned at its mothers’ knee: Two wrongs don’t make a right. NPR reported that Angela Merkel was likely to be wary … Continue reading

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Music to weep by

A simple psalm, honest vibrato supplied by the singer’s fear of the Lord; a half-forgotten nursery rhyme from a half-forgotten time; a song whose intervals trip down memory lane; a show tune belted over the kitchen sink; notes rise on … Continue reading

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Year C Proper 16: Jeremiah and Jesus

The Book of Jeremiah is a complicated document, and there are many scholarly debates about its history and its voices, its purpose and its people. What we read at its beginning, though, is a classic call story. “Here,” says God, … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s sermon: extract

“In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus goes into a synagogue, to take part in the prayer of his community. He is faithful in his observance, and he is obedient to his tradition. He sees a woman in need of healing, and … Continue reading

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Year C Proper 15: “I came to bring fire”

Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under, how I am strained, and constrained, and … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s sermon: Fire

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