Homily for First Evening Prayer of St. Mary the Virgin

August 14, 2020; St. Stephen’s, Maple

Jeremiah 31:1-14

“Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel!”

I speak to you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Life has always involved struggle, on a personal and societal scale. From the struggle of the exiles in Babylon addressed by Jeremiah, to the struggle of Black and Indigenous lives here in North America, from the everyday stresses of parenting, to the challenges of staying connected in the middle of a global pandemic. We can wonder if we’ll actually make it through, wonder where our hope is to be found, be it personally or as a society. The stark Christian answer, in fact, is that on our own we aren’t up to the challenge, can’t hope to make it through.

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Ministry and Technology Forum Paper #4

This summer I’m taking Wycliffe’s Ministry and Technology course online. Every two weeks we’re to write a 1000-word response to a given prompt that we have first worked through in discussion forums, and submit that response for grading. There is no requirement to share these papers online, but I thought I’d post my thoughts anyways. (“Course notes” refers to Dr. Power’s online required reading. “Class discussion forum” was the text discussion, and “zoom discussion” was the video conversation.)

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Ministry and Technology Forum Paper #3

This summer I’m taking Wycliffe’s Ministry and Technology course online. Every two weeks we’re to write a 1000-word response to a given prompt that we have first worked through in discussion forums, and submit that response for grading. There is no requirement to share these papers online, but I thought I’d post my thoughts anyways. (“Course notes” refers to Dr. Power’s online required reading.)

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Up now at St. Stephen’s: Around the Table blog

Just a brief note: I’ve been volunteering on the ministry team at St. Stephen’s, Maple here in the Diocese of Toronto. I took the lead on adapting the website to The Circumstances and I’m grateful for the opportunity to offer that valuable ministry at this time.

One of the new things we’re doing is a weekly blog called Around the Table, which, among other things, is meant to interact with the readings for the upcoming Sunday.

My first contribution to the blog, for Trinity Sunday, is available here. Enjoy, and may the Love of the Triune God fill your hearts and minds.

Homily/Reflection: Easter 4A

May 3, 2020; St. Stephen’s, Maple

It feels strange, even disingenuous, to reflect on Christ the Good Shepherd at a time like this. When we feel locked up in our pens just as the pastures outside are turning fresh and green again. By now, many of us are past tired of screens, masks and gloves, zoom calls and uncertain futures. For some of us, tensions in our homes and families that had been managed are now threatening to boil over. And just as the winter of frost and snow is giving way to the springtime of rain and breeze, and then the summer of sunshine and opportunity, we’re still cooped up inside. Where are these beds of green pastures that David so famously sings about?

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Divine Mercy

Our Roman Catholic siblings have added an extra layer to this past Sunday’s liturgy. With us they celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, replete with white vestments, alleluias, the appearances to the disciples (including Thomas) for the Gospel, and all the accouterments that mark our 50-day focus on the resurrection of Jesus. But a more recent tradition reminds us that we just marked His crucifixion as well; it doesn’t let us scoot by it and on to happier things, as if we could ignore our giant elephant roommate that is the passion and death that led to God’s Easter reply.

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