Sermons by Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats
On the First Sunday after Christmas, the Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats reflects on foster care and adoption and why this becomes an important, radical metaphor for Paul the Apostle (Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7).View Sermon
So it arrived in my inbox. I tried to ignore it because it looked like spam… I had my finger on the delete key, until I glanced at the subject, and it said “Truck Stop Chaplain Wanted.”
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Now, anyone who’s been around children knows that you sometimes have to repeat yourself… But it’s not just kids. I have events on my to-do list, projects to be finished, calls to be made, and emails to be responded to that have been on my list for more than one day. So saying “I love you” almost always has to be repeated. It’s never enough to hear it just once, to say it just once… Love bears repeating.
Romans 6:3-11; Luke 24:1-12
Perseveration is a brain dysfunction. It shows itself by someone acting in a way over and over again, despite the fact that the action may be meaningless or cause harm or even death… Despite the fact that it’s from a medical model, you can stretch this definition to include behaviors of ours that are destructive and yet continue.
Luke 4:1-13 (First Sunday in Lent)
Who can name the 7 dwarfs? Santa’s reindeer? … the 10 commandments? It’s hard to list them, harder perhaps to follow them. The 10 commandments have their very own story.
Read Penitential Order Rite 2 along with Ten Commandments.