Monthly Archives: May, 2012

May 20, 2012 Easter 7 John’s Sixth Big Idea: Eternal Life

Lately the world has been, it seems to me, particularly beautiful. All the trees have leafed out now into their fresh new shades of brilliant, almost fluorescent green, and flowering trees are covered with clouds of fragrant blossoms, like our lovely crabapple Ruth planted beside St. Philip’s years ago. The grass grows as fast as …

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May 13, 2012 Easter 6 John’s Fifth Big Idea: the World

Probably the most famous – and, in my opinion, the best – fantasy book ever written is The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is actually made up of three books, and it is an epic story about a place called Middle Earth. Unlike most fantasy writers, Tolkien is a masterful writer, and …

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May 6, 2012 Easter 5 John’s Fourth Big Idea: Love

One of the special things we do in the season of Easter is instead of having a reading from the Old Testament for the first reading of the Mass, traditionally we have a reading from the book of the Acts of the Apostles. And so today we began the readings with the story of our …

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Sermon from Clergy Retreat (April 18, 2012) “Love One Another as I Have Loved You”

Imagine that you are here in the dining room  at supper time and the food is so good that you’re taking a little bit of everything; you are carrying it all, balanced precariously in your hands. You’ve got a dinner plate, a salad plate and a cup of coffee and you’ve got a banana too …

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