My Sheep Hear My Voice

Christ is risen! Wow, we humans are an insecure lot! The pharmaceutical companies have exploded with growth providing Americans with “medicine” to help us overcome all kinds of diseases of the psyche. But, instead of eternally medicating symptoms, what if we could do the harder work of getting to the root of the problem in our souls? What if we began the internal journey of honest discovery at the heart of our…

A Thief and a Robber

Christ is risen! Always looking for a shortcut! He was a dear friend. He was a pal and I loved the man, but he was notorious for always looking for an angle, a shortcut, a way to get preferential treatment. Sometimes it was great, but most of the time he just came across as a self-centered jerk! And what was really bad was he simply didn’t get why his behavior embarrassed those…

How Will We Feed Them ALL?

Christ is risen! You should have seen the look on their faces when I told them what we needed to raise to accomplish our task! The looks ranged from the shocked to the sceptical to the angry! It seemed impossible for us to reach our goal without some “donor on a white horse” riding to our rescue. Of course, I also got the familiar promise “If I win the lottery…” What is…

Hey, You CAN’T Say That!

Christ is risen! Outrageous! Did you hear what he just said? Unbelievable! Completely out of bounds, provocative, and meant to offend. There is simply no justification for such rhetoric! Unless, of course, it’s true. They say that truth is always a defense against the charge of slander! With our “eternally offended” society of “hate” speech and an ever growing list of “unacceptable” words; it seems our sensitivity level is off the scales…

A Samaritan AND a Heretic!

Christ is risen! She had her eyes closed and her fingers in her ears and she kept saying “la, la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you!” You see I had uttered the ancient and hated words “Sweetie, it’s time for bed.” And she didn’t want to go to bed, but rest is what she needed. She needed a decent bedtime, so that her tomorrow wouldn’t be poisoned by bad choices of…

Woman, Behold Your Son

Christ is risen! Being raised in the 70’s, my brother and I were direct witnesses to the changes in society as norms were challenged and changed. Some of these changes and challenges were absolutely necessary. How can anyone defend the reduction of talented people, no matter what their skin color, their gender, or their economic status, to mere categories of “acceptable” roles in society? Why, that very idea strikes one as, at…

Who’s Your Daddy?

Christ is risen! “All by myself, don’t want to be all by myself anymore…” So sang Eric Carmen in 1975. The song was loosely based on the second movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. It tells the story of a young man all alone as he is stood up at the altar on his wedding day. It grips with telling power the sadness of being alone. I never…

Join Him in the Fire!

Christ is risen! What is the regular rhythm of your life? Looking at your daily routine, what does it teach you about your “habit” of prayer and devotion? The questions are not meant to bring shame or confrontation, but revelation. St. Basil taught that to know God one must get to know one’s self without falling into the trap of self-centeredness. Yes, I know, very difficult. But now we have arrived at…

My Time Has Not Yet Come

Christ is risen! Timing is everything! I took a stand up comedian class once in trying to develop my public speaking skills, and this point was driven home over and over again. Timing is everything. What’s true in comedy is also true in life. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to “force” something to happen before it was the right time and how many times that very forcing ruined…