The Muskox Response To COVID-19

Last night I watched an episode of Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet on Disney Plus.   It was about Dr. Oakley treating an muskox.  The episode is called, “One Angry Muskox.”  In order to treat this animal, they had to tranquilize it, but before they could tranquilize it, they had to separate it from the herd.  And the reason they had to separate it is what I want to talk about.  They had…

Love and Self Righteousness

Dear Holy Nativity Faithful, Last summer (2021) there were some pretty strict rules in place in the province of British Columbia, Canada, regarding masking and the number of people that could be in a church at the same time.  These rules loosened in the fall, but now the province is about to return to stricter rules, but now with a new twist. The new twist is this: if everyone in the church…

Assurance About The Vaccine?

I received the following email from someone, and I thought maybe others have the same questions.  So I thought I would share some of this email with you and my response to it.  This person wrote: (My edits are in square brackets.) I have been very confused and worried because of the controversy regarding the covid vaccine […. the bishop] has said we can choose to be vaccinated [or not], yet there…

Palm Sunday Reflection

After rising Lazarus in Bethany, about two miles from Jerusalem, Jesus sends two of his disciples into Jerusalem to get the untamed colt of a donkey for him to ride into the city.  That Jesus rode and didn’t walk showed his royal status, but that he rode a donkey and not a horse showed that he came as a peacemaker and not a conquer.  However, the hymns for Palm Sunday also emphasize…

Raising Lazarus and Seeing with Faith

I wrote a series of commentaries on the hymns and themes of Holy Week.  Since this year we were kept from church by the social distancing practice due to COVID-19, I thought I would reflect on some of the themes of Holy Week with our unprecedented situation in mind. Here’s the first one. Tonight and tomorrow morning we celebrate the raising of Lazarus from the dead after he had been ‘asleep’ in…