Chosen to be an Apostle – Br. David Vryhof

The Feast of St. Matthias

Readings: Acts 1:15-26 – Phil. 3:13b-21 – John 15: 1, 6-16

Can you remember what it feels like to be chosen?  Perhaps you can recall what it was like to be chosen as a very young child – to be first in line or to help the teacher.  Or perhaps you can remember being chosen to be part of a team, or to play a role in the school play, or to become a member of an organization. Continue reading

A Most Excellent Invitation – Br. Mark Brown

Gen. 12:1-4a/Ps. 121/Rom. 4:1-5, 13-17/John 3:1-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

This may very well be the Bible’s most quotable quote, the most memorized in Sunday school classes—the most often cited verse in the stands at baseball games.  God so loved the world: the kosmos, as it says in Greek.  God so loved the cosmos. Continue reading

You are the salt of the earth – Br. Curtis Almquist

Lenten Feria

Matthew 5:13-19

Jesus calls us “the salt of the earth,” a metaphor which his listeners would have understood.  It was not unusual for guests sitting at table to be ranked in relationship to the saltcellar.  The host and the distinguished guests sat at the head of the table, “above the salt.”  People who sat below the salt, farthest from the host, were of less or little consequence.  And so the expression “sharing the salt” came to be a way for Christians to refer to table fellowship. Continue reading

Is Not This the Lent That I Choose – Br. Mark Brown

Is. 55:6-11/Ps. 34:15-22/Mat. 6:7-15

“Forgive us our sins,” we pray, “as we forgive those who sin against us.” I often tuck in a quick “Lord, have mercy” after those words. Or go off on a tangent like, “actually, God, don’t forgive me the way I forgive others, just forgive me.  And help me be a better forgiver.” Continue reading

Temptation – Br. David Vryhof

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11

Some of you may have noticed as you entered the chapel this morning the icon displayed on the small table in the antechapel. The name of the icon is “Ladder to Heaven,” and it dates from the 12th or 13th century. The original icon can be found at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai desert. Continue reading

Feast of Presentation – Br. Mark Brown

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom.” Or, translating more closely: The child was growing and was being strengthened, being filled with wisdom. The growingness was something ongoing and continuous; the being strengthened was something ongoing and continuous; the being filled with wisdom was something ongoing and continuous.  Jesus grew in this very ordinary, organic, gradual way.  Perfectly, completely human. Continue reading