Once, traveling through the countryside, trying to find a radio station, I tuned into The Old Time Gospel Hour. The preacher was in the midst of a story about his dog, Pogo, a hound of uncertain breed. Pogo wasn’t from a respectable family. He was born in the bayou and spent his first few months in the wild, chasing po…

Today is a triple celebration. It’s Mothers Day, we’re celebrating our graduating high school seniors and, finally, it’s the Sunday after Ascension Day (which occurred last Thursday, 40 days after Easter). Is there any thread connecting these three celebrations? I think so. For one thing, at graduations, parents and th…

We usually think of the word Easter as a noun: a season to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, 50 days to let the Alleluias roll. But one of my favorite poets, Gerard Manley. Hopkins contradicts us. No, Easter isn’t a noun, it’s a verb. In one of his poems, (The Wreck of the Deutschland), there’s this beautiful phras…

The Third Sunday of Easter April 10, 2016 P.S. I love you (John 21:1-19) Last Sunday, we heard the thrilling conclusion of St. John’s Gospel (Chapter 21). The Risen Christ appeared to his demoralized disciples, breathed on them and sent them into the world. Then, John says: I write these words so that you may believe J…

A big box store has a sign on its front window: More Easter here! as if Easter is available by putting down a credit card and lugging it out to your car. It’s a dubious idea, but the sign spoke to me of a deep yearning in our hearts for more Easter in our wounded world. For example, in the face of the tragedy in Belgiu…

The Second Sunday of Easter A few years ago, a family was in New York City for Easter, a great chance to visit a large city church for an inspiring service. They called to find out the service schedule. But then, domestic tragedy struck— they mixed up the time, and arrived at the final hymn. They listened to the brass…

If you’ve been around the Episcopal Church for long, you know Palm Sunday is an emotional roller coaster. We begin in a high place, literally, a hill east of Jerusalem. We take part in a jubilant parade in honor of Jesus as he rides into the Holy City. But it’s short-lived, because almost immediately, we plunge into th…

L A big box store has a sign on its front window: More Easter here! as if Easter is available by putting down a credit card and lugging it out to your car. It’s a dubious idea, but the sign spoke to me of a deep yearning in our hearts for more Easter in our For example, in the face of the tragedy in Belgium or the endl…

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