Sr. Warden's blog

       With gladness and singleness of heart...

        Steven W. Eubanks

Rev. Susan & PatI write this as I sit in my new recliner gifted to me by Susan and Jim Taylor as they make their move from the St. John’s Rectory to their new home in Maine. Susan’s held her last service, where we celebrated the Transfiguration of Jesus, during which God said of Jesus, “This is my Son, or whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” We all wish them the best as they embark on their new journey.

In the meantime, we here at St. John’s also are heading on a new journey, one of reflection and self-discovery. We have an opportunity to” “listen to Jesus” by remembering his lessons of loving everyone and treating all people with love and respect. We are entering the season of Lent where we can look into ourselves and discern just what it is we want in a new spiritual leader and what our roles are going to be in that process. The Vestry hopes to get the participation of the entire Parish in this endeavor.

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"The Franciscan Richard Rohr once observed that most people assume that Jesus, because of his prophetic message, was killed by evil men. However, said Rohr, those responsible for Jesus' death were not evil. They were the people of the establishment, protecting what they had established. They would have considered themselves good people, doing what was best for society. They were merely conventional people, like you and me. Most conventional people resist accepting anything new and different from what makes them feel safe and comfortable."

Louis M. Savary. Teilhard De Chardin-The Divine Milieu Explained: A Spirituality for the 21st Century 

Reflection, Lent 4, Year A

Lord, we all dwell in blindness, often of our own making.  Open our hearts and minds to your truth, your wisdom and your light, that they might enable us to shine forth your glory in all the world.  Amen.

Call - “Live as children of the light”
Response - We are born so that we can show the glory of God.

For the record, I have a problem with the concept of original sin-- it has never set well with me.  I find it impossible to look at an infant or small child;  marveling in the miracle of human life, and find in it something suspect, something damaged,  something inherently bad.  I just can’t do it-- for resting there before one’s eyes is the very gift of hope and promise and future.  How can a baby be born into sin?.

Read more: I once was blind, but now I see…

Reflection, Epiphany 3, Year A podcast - mp3

 

I’m going to try an experiment today.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a midrash is a form of literature or story used by rabbis to interpret and illustrate, to paint a picture as it were, of biblical texts by ‘filling in the gaps’.  These are my first attempts.  I hope and pray that the Spirit speaks through them and in your understanding.

Scene 1 - 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 

The first scene opens on a man in robes sitting at a writing desk, his beard now showing more white than not, his brown pate testifying to his extensive travels under the hot Mediterranean sun. In his hand he holds a quill moving with sure confidence across a sheet of papyrus, its point occasionally catching at a stray fiber.  From an outer room enters an older man, carrying himself with an air of practiced authority..

Read more: Light, Salt, and Unconventional Wisdom

OK. Take a breath. Take another. Yup, we made it. Even that final sprint to the line. Congratulations! Paraphrasing St. Paul, “We have fought the good fight, we have finished the race, we have kept the faith.” All right, there wasn’t any struggle except that of endurance; the “race” might be over, but the track meet continues in new and different events....but faith DID see us through.

Our parish family has indeed completed a significant journey in our life of faith, and we have been blessed indeed. Not only in the enthusiastic addition of Rev. Susan to our community, but for the many gifts of the Spirit which guided and sustained us to this moment.

The Old Testament lesson for this Epiphany is from Isaiah and begins with the command, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”.

Read more: Arise! Shine!

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