Category: Previous Messages from the Rector

Heaven AND Earth

Heaven AND Earth   “For God to be born a human being, born in a stable among the poor, shows that we already have redemption. Christmas is already Easter because if God became a human being, then it’s good to be a human being! The problem is already solved.”  Those are not my words; they […]

Entitlement

Entitlement Years ago, a volunteer who was serving on our front desk, said to me: “Robert, I just found out that not all priests make the same salary. Why is that?” I replied teasingly, “Because priests like me deserve more money than lazy, good for nothing priests!” She laughed and said, “I guess that’s right.”  […]

The Role of the Vestry

The Role of the Vestry Nearly 25 years ago, when our children were 10 and 6, we sat them down and told them that the family was moving to Montgomery. Both of them immediately burst into tears and were crushed. Meg said, “But they are expecting me at school!”. Rob’s concerns were more basic, “Will […]

Rebuilding the Temple

Rebuilding the Temple   The Books of Ezra and Haggai, in the Old Testament, speak of the return of the people from exile in Babylon to their ancestral homeland of Jerusalem. The previous generations had been swept away, taken prisoner by the Babylonians, and carried away to a strange city. Over time, God works to […]

The First Part

The First Part Have you noticed how very important the first part of your day is? The very first things that happen upon our awakening in many ways determine just how the rest of the day goes. Consider, for example, those days you oversleep. Immediately we are rushed and hectic. We jump in the shower, […]

I Promise…

I Promise… One of the things I have come to count on in my marriage, even more than my wife’s acts of love, is her promise to love me. While certainly a promise without the delivery of an act is empty, an act coming from something other  than promise is mere seduction. Acts issuing only […]

Sitting Shiva

Sitting Shiva In the second chapter of Job, after his children, many of his servants, and a number of his animals have died, Job develops a case of sores from head to foot. His three closest friends come to comfort him. “They sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and […]