Bread From Heaven!

Christ is risen! It’s a running joke in the family: “Where do you want to go eat?” “I don’t know. Where do you want to go?” What ensues now is a comedy of conversation that sees me offer several places, all of which are rejected. So, I finally say “OK, where do you want to go? What are you hungry for?” and then I hear the answer that sends us right back…

An Intoxicated Attention Span

Christ is risen! “Step right up Ladies and Gentlemen, see the most amazing sights you could ever imagine!” You’ve heard these words before. Carnival barkers trying to get you to spend the money to see the “amazing snake boy, half boy, half snake!” Or the “amazing Elephant Man.” Curiosity, entertainment, something “different,” something “tantalizing.” And it works. Of course it works, they wouldn’t keep doing it if it didn’t work! We humans…

Are You Hiding WHO You Really Are?

Christ is risen! I come from a generation that was suspicious of tattoos! And the generation before me, forget about it! My grandfather, a lifelong police officer, always said that tattoos were degrading to a man. Wow, some pretty strong words, especially in light of today’s generation that consider “body art” a form of expression and even something to be celebrated. Times do change. Now this isn’t about tattoos; whether they are…

Power Doesn’t Mean Authority

Christ is risen! Most people confuse power and authority. They think power IS authority but they are mistaken. In fact, I’d say the modern obsession with power is precisely because we have lost the ability to appreciate real authority. Just look at any community in the aftermath of some event that turns that community upside down. Riots break out and people demand that the authorities fix the problem by looting and destroying…

Counterfeit Communion

Christ is risen! St. Maximus the Confessor says “Food is not evil, but gluttony is. Childbearing is not evil, but fornication is. Money is not evil, but avarice is. Glory is not evil, but vainglory is. Indeed, there is no evil in existing things, but only in their misuse.” So, the evil one only wants to get you to misuse the good and make it a detriment to your soul! And this…

God Doesn’t Condemn You or Anyone.

Christ is risen! The famous author J.K. Rowling once said: “I’m interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society. We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it’s quite a satisfying thing to do, isn’t it?” And she’s right! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ranted and raved at the TV news reports, or some post on Facebook with some…

To Obey Is to Love

Christ is Risen! It’s easy to hear “Obedience is better than sacrifice” but it’s usually hard to do. Especially in our very individualistic, modern society, obedience “feels’ like slavery. Of course it feels like slavery because IT IS a kind of slavery. Look at our Lesson today in John 2:1-11: At that time, there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited…

The Zeal of Faith, Full of the Holy Spirit! Bright Friday

Christ is risen! “What would Jesus do?” That phrase was popular a few years ago, and I confess to being amused by this fad of “easy religion.” One of the main reasons was that the life of Jesus is not easily categorized as the comfortable “Jesus” we moderns would prefer. You know the “Jesus” I’m talking about: The “meek” Jesus that pats everyone on the head and tells them they are “OK,…

The Wind Blows Confusion Away! Bright Thursday

Christ is risen! Ah, the beauties of Springtime! And the hay fever! For those of us susceptible to the reign of terror that is pollen season; the watery eyes, the stuffy nose, basically all the bad stuff on all the commercials we see for medicine to combat this scourge of this wonderful season; we love and hate this time of year! Especially when the wind is blowing around all that yellowish-green pollen…