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Perfect Imperfection

Year A Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14 In T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats… one of the dozen or so cats he describes… is The Rum Tum Tugger… who’s a terrible bore… he’s always on the wrong side of every door… and as soon as he’s home…...

Jesus: The Liminal Gate

Year A Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 In Ch. 9 of John’s Gospel… the one before today’s… Jesus has just healed the man born blind… and he heard that this man had been driven out of the synagogue… and when Jesus found him… and the man professed his trust in...

Randomness & Redemption

May is a pretty quiet month. The liturgical calendar is pretty empty. Except for the commemoration of St. Philip and St. James. And the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh Sundays of Easter. And Ascension Day. And Pentecost. And that’s just The Lectionary Page’s Episcopal calendar. The Lutheran calendar on Sundays and Seasons adds the...

God Already Knows

Year A Acts 2:14a,36-41 Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Cleopas and his companion… some think perhaps his wife… because of not being named… were leaving Jerusalem on the first Easter… headed towards Emmaus… which some think may have been the site of a Roman garrison… built around a pool of water…...

Permission to Doubt

Year A Acts 2:14a,22-32 Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 God told Noah that it was going to rain for forty days and forty nights… that is… for a long time… and Noah and his family… and all of those animals… were in the ark in God-imposed physical distancing… and they were separated...