Sunday Reflections

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:

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I want to look at this Gospel story again.

Jesus did not want everyone to know where he and his close followers were, because he needed a bit of time to teach them.

As he walked on from Galilee, with his eyes on the potholes and ruts in the dirt of the road ahead, his mind had a different vision: a clamouring crowd calling for his crucifixion; and a hill with a cross.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Let’s get to know King David.

King David – the David that we heard about several weeks ago in the story of his covert anointing by the prophet Samuel - a surprise that God would have chosen him and not one of his older brothers.

King David - the one who, as a youth, would play music to sooth the troubled then-king Saul

King David - the one we remember in the story of David and Goliath, a classic story of the underdog winning out over a much more powerful foe.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

This gospel reading is a bit confusing in ways at first read.  First, if we look back we are hearing about the early days of Jesus’ ministry.  John the Baptist is not a subject of discussion.

And then, suddenly, we’re talking about John.  What happened?

As Jesus’ ministry begins, everyone is trying to figure out what’s going on, and who, exactly, he is.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When many of us were growing up, this was Palm Sunday, focussed simply on that glorious entry - not, as it is often called today, Palm Passion Sunday, with the dual focus on both the procession and at least some of the events of Holy Week.

So you have heard sermons and reflections on the theme of that procession - the humility, the glory.

With texts like this one, it is sometimes challenge to find another layer of meaning to add to the solid base that has probably been laid over past years.

A Sunday Reflection:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

(Scripture quotes are from the NRSV)

Today we read from Psalm 22.  We only read from the last bit.  

The Psalm actually begins
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Ah, yes.... we know those words.  Words that we hear echoed from the cross as Jesus suffers before death.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

These are not the only words from this Psalm that take us to Golgotha.  Not at all.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Andrew was a follower of John the baptizer.  One day, after Jesus’ baptism, John draws attention to Jesus.  Andrew sees Jesus and asks Jesus where he was staying.

Jesus says: “Come and see.”

In fact, Jesus was inviting Andrew to come and believe:
    inviting Andrew to follow, to make Jesus a part of his life.... and thus to believe.
And Andrew followed, and saw.
And Andrew invited Peter, his brother.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Today, I want to bring a more meditative approach, looking at both of our readings, so I would encourage you to make sure that you are comfortable, hymn books aside, feet on the floor.  You may choose to close your eyes for now - the image on the screen will not change.
 


In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,  the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Let’s bring into focus again what this season is about.

It is about waiting.
It is about preparing.

We do plenty of waiting.
    Hope you did not wait too long getting in here!
One calculation is that we spend a total of six months over a life-time waiting in line.

When we wait in line, we expect something.
Cash from a bank machine, a seat on a bus, to be pay for groceries so we can take them home and eat........

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