Tag Archives: nativity

Halfway

On the sixth day, halfway through Christmas, with the wholesomeness of God’s love lying in a manger and the heartlessness of Herod running riot in the streets; with God’s Incarnate One being prepared for his first wound, and his mother slowly healing, but her catching her heart in her mouth each time he sighs; on the sixth day, Joseph half-turns back, forgetting to pack up the bread he had picked up before the baby cried, his heart halfway to heaven and his spirit halfway to madness with the wonder of it all. Continue reading

Posted in meditation | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Solstice

This poem first appeared at Bearings Online, a publication of the Collegeville Institute, at last year’s winter solstice Solstice At the abyss of the yearthe sun is silent;but in the bleak midwintersomething shiftsA fearful hope, homunculus,wakes the woman: lightbeyond the … Continue reading

Posted in Advent Meditations, Holy Days, poetry, prayer | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Bethlehem

In the ancient city, haunted by memories of feast and famine, exile and exodus, the earth itself makes room, Creation shifting and splitting as angels sing Glory out of cold stars shining with old light. Out of the holy darkness, … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, poetry, prayer | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Epiphany wisdom, old and new

The picture that we expect to see is not always the one that is painted by God. Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, lectionary reflection, sermon | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Consider hibernation

a sabbatical of sorts… Continue reading

Posted in poetry, prayer, story | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

God stands by God’s Word

But as high risk and heavy investment strategies go, the scheduling of those responsible to throw in their lot with the populace bears some comparison to the Incarnation. Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, lectionary reflection, sermon | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Eve 2017

As we contemplate the vulnerability of a God who would be born homeless, human, humble, we remember the power of love to change the world. Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, homily, sermon | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Eve

A message for and from the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio There’s something strange about the sign that the shepherds outside Bethlehem received that Christmas night so long ago. After all, if a choir of angels appears above the … Continue reading

Posted in Blessings, Holy Days, homily, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Second thoughts

Mary did not float through her pregnancy without her swollen feet touching the ground. When Mary returned to her senses, the bread was burning, and she nearly took the skin off her hands snatching it from the fire in a … Continue reading

Posted in Advent Meditations, lectionary reflection, sermon preparation | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sermon for a Christmas Eve with pick-up pageant

This sermon was written for a Christmas Eve on which the Church of the Epiphany hosted a pick-up pageant, invited any and all children to come and pick out a costume to join in the play as they arrived in … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, homily, sermon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment