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Hearing the Question and Responding

Hearing the Question and Responding

In this week’s gospel, Jesus is questioning Peter about his true intentions. I still hear echoes of his central question to the Apostle Peter in the voice of Archbishop Donald Coggin, when he asked my seminary class in 1980: “Do you love Jesus?” “Yes, of course I do,”...

Practicing Resurrection

Practicing Resurrection

There is great evidence in the resurrection narratives that there was an emerging transformation as Jesus’ community began to encounter the risen Christ. Once beyond the immediate drama of Easter morning, the disciples began not by asking “Why me?”, but by asking,...

Writing Love with One’s Life

Writing Love with One’s Life

One of the greatest writers of the last Century was the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. He wrote only a few books, however, because he was killed while flying reconnaissance missions in World War II. In the spring of 1940, shortly before the fall of France,...

A Paradoxical Week

A Paradoxical Week

April in pleasant Palm Beach is no mask for the paradox of Holy Week. The tough patches of human life meet up with the realities of new life and hope. These mixed signals underlie every liturgy and sermon and gathering during this coming week. Holy Week may be the...

In the Shadow of the Cross

In the Shadow of the Cross

The whole action of these weeks in Lent invites us to see one moment in time as carrying meaning for all time. In a distant time and a tiny corner of the planet, a life, a trial, a mob, a cross, a death changed everything. Or so we dare to say and believe. What...

A Beloved Story of Forgiveness

A Beloved Story of Forgiveness

The Parable of the Prodigal Son, this week’s gospel text, is perhaps the most beloved story of forgiveness we know. The Prodigal son fled with his inheritance, where he was free from home. He uses his freedom to squander his birthright in “dissolute living.” He’s in a...

Defining Moments

Defining Moments

What moments have defined your life? What are the central, core experiences and people who have shaped you into who you are? When was it that you just knew an encounter to be the touch of God? In this week’s Old Testament text, we learn that in the midst of the Midian...

Lenten Journey

Lenten Journey

In this week’s gospel text, we hear Jesus’ song of lament over Jerusalem, a lament that pits his own desire for his people with their own will to division and crisis: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stonesthose who are sent to it! How often...

New COVID-19 Protocols at Bethesda

New COVID-19 Protocols at Bethesda

Bethesda-by-the-Sea has the benefit of having COVID guidelines both from the Diocese of Southeast Florida and the CDC. We have carefully followed their wise counsel and I believe we have made a series of sound decisions based upon their advice. Additionally, we have...

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