Love your neighbor as yourself: a commandment of scriture that sometimes is difficult to interpret. How far does our obligation go? After all, who is our neighbor? Do you even know all your neighbors? If not, how can you love them? …
The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista: “Can you imagine a love so grand that it would offend you, a grace so magnanimous that it would enrage you, a mercy so thorough that it would cause you to walk out these doors? That’s the kind of love with which Jesus loves you? That is the kind of love with which Jesus loves them, whomever they may be.”View Sermon
Luke 9:51-62, Galatians 5:1,13-25
When I was in junior high school a long, long, time ago, I remember very clearly reading a book by Alan Paton called Cry, the Beloved Country. It’s written about South Africa during apartheid. The book follows a black pastor named Stephen Kumalo. He relates the challenges, the repurcussions, the human depravity that apartheid policy embraced….
St. Ambrose once asked a simple question: “What is the first commandment of the law?” One might naturally turn to the first law of the Ten Commandments. St. Ambrose, however, turned to the beginning of the Law of Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord thy God, the Lord is one.” “Hear, O Israel,” is the first command, St. Ambrose says, not speak. A fitting word for clergy.View Sermon
Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15
The Trinity is the central dogma of Christian theology, that the one God exists in three persons and one substance: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is one, yet self differentiated. The God who is revealed to humanity is one God equally and three distinct modes of existence yet remains one through all eternity. Got it? …