Sunday Reflections

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, September 10, 2017
If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.
We’re a pretty open and accepting bunch, especially here in the United Church.
But Jesus reminds us in these words that there are things that we MUST speak up about.
And Paul, in Romans, reminds us that everything we do, including speaking up, must be done in love.
Love - not just for the person with whom we speak, but love for all of our neighbours.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Today we heard the reading saying that we are salt of the earth, and the light of the world.  Familiar words to many - 
but familiarity should not take anything away from them.
You are the salt of the earth - but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Isaiah gives us an absolutely wonderful image, metaphorical one might say, of a new world - a world of peace, a world without destruction, a world under the reign of the Messiah.

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

A world at peace - the theme of the second Sunday of Advent.

It is a good thing that last week we were reminded that we are a people of hope, because there is far too much ‘non-peace’ in the world around us.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Here is your king.
Words we hear from Pilate at the time of Jesus’ trial.
Pointing to Jesus, 
Jesus who had been arrested, beaten, and upon whose head a crown of thorns had been placed
Pointing to Jesus, as blood trickled down his forehead from the poking of the sharp thorns.
“Here is your king”.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

NOTE:  References follow at end of reflection.

I noted a story on the Montreal Gazette webpage on Friday, about events in Delta, B.C. - a city smaller than Kingston, with a population of 100,000

The headline: Eight Overdoses in 20 minutes: the night Fentanyl-tainted cocaine almost devatated a B.C. town.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

I am an author whose work you probably know pretty well - I wrote the Gospel that you call “the Gospel of Luke”, AND I wrote an early history of the church that you call “The Acts of the Apostles”, or often just “the book of Acts”.  

You will notice in the book of Acts that some of the time I write to you about what some of the other disciples did, that I heard about from them, and sometimes I write about things I saw and participated in myself.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jesus has been empowered by his baptism, or by the experience of his baptism, and it is really time to start his ministry.

He returns to Galilee and on to Nazareth where he had grown up. There, he goes to the synagogue, the place for worship and religious instruction.  He clearly appears to be a teacher - so on this day, the Sabbath, it is time for worship.  He does not choose the scripture - the scroll of Isaiah is handed to him.  

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

We spend a fair bit of time on endings.  
Graduations - and if we want to spin that, and say it is really about stepping forward into a larger world, remember the French expression: balle des finisants - it is clearly about ending
There is no such celebration when one starts school, beyond perhaps a special breakfast or supper with the family.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

In 2007 I was invited by the West Island Women’s Centre to speak at their vigil held on December 6 of each year.  This vigil focusses on the massacre of the 14 women at the École Polytechnique, an event that has led to the creation of this day, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

I, as a man, asked to speak at this event: I accepted the invitation with many qualms.  Here is what I said on this day in 2007.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Today we heard the gospel reading, an end-times reading.
It is interesting, as near the beginning of the Gospel of Luke, we hear words of John the Baptist speaking of the Messiah to come: