The Promise of Glory – Br. James Koester

Luke 6:20-26 (27-36)

As a teenager I discovered the glories of Anglo-Catholicism as it was practiced in some of the great Canadian Anglo-Catholic parishes. What I saw and heard and smelt was a far cry from St. Mary’s Church, Regina where cassock, surplice and stole were the order of the day, and where candles were something you put on the dining room table or on birthday cakes. Continue reading

Pharisee and Tax Collector – Br. Curtis Almquist

Luke 18:9-14

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. Continue reading

Peace of Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

John 14:15-27

There is very little talk of peace. Not up until now, at least in John’s gospel. This portion of John’s gospel which we’ve just heard is a flashback to that earlier scene in the Upper Room – what we call the Last Supper – when Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” [i] The disciples were very troubled. Continue reading