Tag Archives: repentance

Bruising God

Just before setting the bow in the sky as a sign of the covenant of mercy between God and all flesh, God tells Noah that since humanity was made in God’s image, God will require a reckoning for our lifeblood. God considers violence against any one of us violence against God’s own self. Continue reading

Posted in current events, Gun control, gun safety, sermon, story | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do not give your heart to the ashes

The landscape within which we live is littered with sin, from the scars we inflict upon the earth on up through the twisted veins of hearts that would burn down a church built in the image of God’s mercy. And it is impossible to stand here in an attitude of repentance tonight without acknowledging the complicity of our common life in the deaths of 17 students, children, at a high school in Florida this afternoon. Our participation in systems of sin, as its priests and as its victims, is as inevitable as the ice of winter. Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, poetry, sermon, story | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sharkbait

If we give up on Nineveh, we run the risk that instead of becoming fishers of men, we become like Jonah, in need of a fishing vessel to rescue us from the deep water we get ourselves into when we turn our backs on the grace and mercy that God has for all that God has made. Continue reading

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

Rendering repentance

we have been charged first to love God, with all of our heart, and mind, and strength, and soul; and then to love our neighbours as ourselves. These are the faces that should open us up, unlock our compassion and our humanity. Continue reading

Posted in current events, lectionary reflection, sermon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The prodigal God

Waiting  for the God to come home; if I saw her on the road would I run, hitching up my skirts, fire up the pyre, melt the golden calf, sacrifice my unbelief, my cold soul on the altar of her … Continue reading

Posted in lectionary reflection, poetry, prayer, sermon preparation | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Year C Lent 3: self-examination and repentance

Lest ye repent, says Jesus, you will all perish as they did. It was the first soundbite of Jesus’ campaign trail, his initial mission statement: Repent, for the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Our exhortation … Continue reading

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

The penitent

on her knees scrubbing blood from the pavement beneath the broken icon

Posted in haiku, lectionary reflection, poetry, prayer, sermon preparation | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment