Advent I – Br. James Koester

Luke 21:25-31

When I first read these lessons over earlier in the week, my first reaction was: what on earth can I of make of these, they seem all too . . . real, somehow: splitting apart of mountains, refugees, confusion and a sense of timelessness, distress among nations. It’s as if Zechariah and Luke had been reading the Boston Globe this past week (or indeed any week!) and commenting on what they read there. Continue reading

Christ the King – Br. David Allen

John 18:33-37

This Last Sunday after Pentecost is also called, The Feast of Christ the King. The words of one of the antiphons for the first Evensong of Christmas Day speaks to me especially this year. “ The King of Peace is highly exalted, passing all the kings of the whole earth.” This theme of Christ the King of Peace is one I think we need to think about especially at this time. Continue reading

Watch… Beware… Keep Alert – Br. David Vryhof

Mark 13:14-23

Alright, I’ll admit I wasn’t thrilled when I realized that I would be preaching today on a text from Mark 13 — these are difficult words to understand and to interpret! The 13 th chapter of Mark’s gospel reflects a genre of writing that we call “apocalyptic.” Apocalyptic thought occurs in both the Old and New Testaments and is characterized by “a deterministic and pessimistic view of history, anticipation of the end of the world in some great and imminent crisis, a dualistic understanding of human existence, and visions of cosmic upheaval.” Continue reading

The Word and words of God – Br. Curtis Almquist

John 1:1-14

As a young boy I remember a great feeling of solace in reading the inscription on the cornerstone of our parish church. The inscription read: “Holding Forth the Word of Life.” Even by a young age I already knew that life was full of changes, most of which absolutely delighted me as I growing up. And yet I still needed the assurance that some things did not change, most especially God. Continue reading

The Widow’s Mite – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Mark 12:38-44

The Widow’s Mite, the story of the poor woman who gave all that she had to the Temple Treasury is a lesson about openhanded generosity and placing one’s trust fully in God. It is a story we need to hear, an encouragement to live fully and generously. The widow’s contribution in monetary terms was tiny, only a penny and yet her gift would place her high in the roster of true philanthropy because she gave out of her poverty, rather than her abundance. Continue reading