The Bread of Life, Year B, 10 Pentecost, Proper 13

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” This past Friday was the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. By coincidence, as I was...
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The Peter Quire Challenge, Peter Quire Day

Yesterday we had a wedding in the church, with 191 people in attendance. As I stood in the Choir Room with the nervous groom and his nine (yes, nine) groomsmen, I pointed to this portrait of Peter Quire that normally hangs on the wall there and told him that July 11th was the...
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The Greatest of All Shrubs, Year B, 3 Pentecost, Proper 6

One of my most memorable childhood family vacations was going to see the Redwoods in northern California. From the park rangers, I learned about the two varieties of the California Redwood: the Sequoia giganteum and the Sequoia sempervirens, members of which still hold the...
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Year B, Trinity Sunday

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate and proclaim the co-eternal existence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as “one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being.” The doctrine of the Trinity would...
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Miracles, Year B, Pentecost Sunday

Have you heard? Miracles have been happening at St. John’s! People have been talking. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church itself is a miracle, as our reading from the Acts of the Apostles makes clear. At Pentecost, which we...
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Good Shepherd Sunday, Year B, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Just before our family moved to Newport in 2013, we were given the gift of this colorful silkscreen of the Good Shepherd on display here this morning. (My daughter particularly likes the pink sheep at Jesus’ right hand, while my son prefers an orange one at his left, by the way.)...
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Get with the Program, Year B, Easter 3

Before I dive into the Gospel appointed for this morning, it’s important to that Luke the Evangelist was also Luke the Beloved Physician, and as such, he was interested in things having to do with the body. This resurrection appearance is important because it tells us two things:...
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The Family Reunion of Christ, Year B, Easter Day

Eight years ago, my wife, three month-old daughter, and I travelled to New Mexico to celebrate my paternal grandmother’s 90th birthday. My dad decided to make a big deal out of it, so he invited every family member he could think of—brother and nephews and nieces and cousins and...
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For They Were Afraid

The Easter Vigil Mark 16:1-8 (By permission of the Bishop) From the King James Version of the Bible: “And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.” Now, I’m no scripture...
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Crux est Mundi Medicina

Year A, Good Friday John 18:1-19:42 I have a friend who calls me, most of the time with affection, “Father Smartypants.” I deserve the nickname (but don’t let me catch you using it). Last night, Fr. Smartypants showed off his knowledge of Greek, pointing out that the word f...
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