Tag Archives: Year B Proper 17

Love and death

It isn’t the approval of God that fills us with hope in the face of the unknown journey into life beyond death. It isn’t even the mercy of God that helps our souls to sing “Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia” at the grave. Continue reading

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Year B Proper 17: commandments vs amendments

It all starts out so well: “This will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!’” pronounces Moses, so full of … Continue reading

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A vain and foolish thing

Vain and foolish, one would not think that with no animal spirit, nor soul, no mind of its own, but an idle thing could inspire such passion, such pain, such tearing, such rending of hearts, of lives apart; only with … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 17: Pure and undefiled religion

A homily for the Saturday September 1st Holy Eucharist at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Elyria, Ohio. Some of the opening phrases are developed from the previous post (https://rosalindhughes.com/2012/08/30/year-b-proper-17-preaching-the-song-of-songs/) Perhaps the most bewildering question about the Song of Solomon, or the … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 17: preaching the Song of Songs

Perhaps the most bewildering question about the Song of Solomon, or the Song of Songs, or Canticles – the book has gone by many names – is how it ended up in the Bible, a sacred text. Historical criticism insists … Continue reading

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