Who’s Afraid of the Dark? (An Advent Reflection)

My favorite metaphor for understanding the different seasons of the Church year is that of light. It most logically belongs to the season of Epiphany, but I think it plays nicely with the themes for the rest of the year. If Christmas and Epiphany are the seasons when we proclaim: “The people living in darkness … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Dark? (An Advent Reflection)

Dreams Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?      Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?      Or fester like a sore—      And then run?      Does it stink like rotten meat?      Or crust and sugar over—      like a syrupy sweet?      Maybe it just sags like a … Continue reading Dreams Deferred

A Superabundance of Blessing (A reflection on John 6)

I’ve been haunted this week by a line from Sunday’s Gospel reading. The Gospel appointed for Sunday was John’s telling of the story of the feeding of the five thousand. After the small amount of food brought forward is blessed and distributed and everyone has their fill, Jesus tells his disciples, “Gather up the fragments … Continue reading A Superabundance of Blessing (A reflection on John 6)

The Promise of a New Day (A Sermon for the Birth of St. John the Baptist)

[I was asked to preach this coming Sunday and due to a mix-up with the calendar, I ended up preparing two different sermons. Here is a roughish draft of the sermon I would have used had the parish celebrated the feast day for the Birth of St. John the Baptist.] When I first started attending … Continue reading The Promise of a New Day (A Sermon for the Birth of St. John the Baptist)