Homilies & More

March 11, 2018

Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent: Laetare Sunday, the mid-point of Lent, the day of rejoicing in an otherwise somber season. And today, we hear familiar words:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that whoever would believe in him would no...

February 25, 2018

Jesus said: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me…

At Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria, there’s an iconic tower that sits atop Aspinwall Hall. It’s been part of the campus since 1855; it’s rendered...

February 18, 2018

Today is the first Sunday in Lent, and for most of us, this is the beginning of the season.  But for those who received the smudge of ashes on Wednesday, the season began at that moment, with a word: Remember. How many generations of priests have murmured the word reme...

February 14, 2018

Today, we’ll begin our observance of Lent. We’ll receive the smudge of ashes on our foreheads, and then Lent will have begun, and we’ll share our first Eucharistic meal of the season with no alleluias. We’ll become familiar once again with liturgy we don’t regularly us...

January 14, 2018

The gospel story from John we heard today marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry in Galilee, and the calling and gathering of the twelve disciples. And one of the first to respond to his call was Phillip, the brother of Nathanael. Phillip and Nathanael came from...

December 31, 2017

I hope you’re having a merry Christmas season.

The readings for today included a canticle we hear from time to time: The Song of Simeon:

Master, now you have set your servant free, to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you...

December 10, 2017

Today - the second Sunday in Advent - traditionally honors John the Baptist, the prophet who came in from the wilderness to herald the coming of messiah, and to call the people to repentance.

But before he could accomplish that, he had to get their attention…and it coul...

December 3, 2017

Advent is a time of expectant waiting.  Observed mostly in the liturgical churches, it is our way preparing for Christmas. But it’s a season with more than one purpose. It reminds us that in ancient times, God’s people spent centuries anticipating, watching…longing for...

October 1, 2017

Soon after Star and I moved to Eastville, I found myself up highway 13 in Onley, to drop off some clothing for dry cleaning. With nothing else pressing, I was set to return home, and made a U-turn at the light there where the road leads to Onancock. Minutes later - jus...

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