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

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)

Communion of Saints

After last week’s focus on the coming and work of the Holy Spirit, my thoughts this week naturally went to the people whose lives radiated with the Spirit’s energy, gifts, and fruit. This is a natural progression and, historically — in the East to this day and in the West until about the 8th century … Continue reading Communion of Saints

Invoking the Spirit

For the second week in a row, my sacred practice for the week took me by surprise. As I wrote last week, I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately and found some solace in the awkward place we’ve been in the liturgical calendar, the ten days of waiting between Ascension and Pentecost. What … Continue reading Invoking the Spirit