Sunday, May 26
Today’s readings show us two sides of the coin on either side of Pentecost. On the one side is Jesus’ preparing his Apostles for his departure. Though they are no doubt anxious about him departing again (remember they hid and returned to fishing after Jesus’ death), Jesus reassures them. He tells them he will send them “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (Jn. 14: 26). Just like before experiencing Jesus as resurrected, they did not understand, they do not yet understand how Jesus will be with them through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus prefaces what he says to them by explaining that he is telling them all of this now so that when it happens, they all can actually believe. Jesus offers them his peace in the midst of their anxiety, realizing his leaving may worsen that and explains that this Spirit will teach them all that they need to know and give them all that they need once he is gone.
Tuesday, May 14
Today’s gospel is a short one. It is employs the image of sheep and shepherd. Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (Jn 10: 27). Sheep are especially attuned to the sound of their shepherd’s voice. Their ability to hear and distinguish that voice is so acute, that if they were in a setting with other herds and other shepherds calling, they would be able to pick out their shepherd’s voice. They truly know their shepherd’s voice and can pick it out of a crowd.
Sunday, May 5
Food is a great uniting principle of human living. We come together for meals and feasts to celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. It is something that Jesus realized in his own ministry and tended to even when met with a crowd of five thousand.
Sunday, April 28
Doubt and Fear
In our gospels for the Easter season, we hear the motivating factors which are ruling the Apostles’ lives. On Easter Sunday in Luke’s account we heard how Mary Magdalene and the other women report the empty tomb to the Apostles. Luke tells us “their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them” (24: 11).
Friday, March 8
Friday after Ash Wednesday | Journey to Jerusalem
Welcome to Cathedral's Lenten Reflection series, "Journey to Jerusalem." We are blessed to have over 20 parishioners and friends embarking on the trip of a lifetime - a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan for 12 days. The pilgrims will travel later this month, and they will be documenting their journey on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Thursday, March 7
Thursday after Ash Wednesday | Journey to Jerusalem
Today, we continue our Lenten Reflection series, "Journey to Jerusalem." Cathedral is blessed to have over 20 parishioners and friends embarking on the trip of a lifetime - a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan for 12 days. The pilgrims will travel later this month, and they will be documenting their journey on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday | Journey to Jerusalem
Today, on Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten Reflection series, "Journey to Jerusalem." This year, Cathedral is blessed to have over 20 parishioners and friends embarking on the opportunity of a lifetime - a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan for 12 days. The pilgrims will travel later this month, and they will be documenting their journey on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Sunday, March 3
My daughter learned the “B” word, as she called it, in first grade from one of her classmates at school. He was using it as a “descriptive” word for her. When she told us about it, this news shocked and alarmed me, because I did not want my daughter to be tainted by such language at such an early age. She clearly showed an awareness that it was a bad word. I feared the corrupting influence it might have on her. She is in only fourth grade now, but what I can say about my fear of her exposure to that word is that it has not corrupted her. My daughter is by no means a saint, but she has not incorporated the word into her vocabulary. She is also a loving and giving soul who readily wants to help others and has a generous heart.
Sunday, February 24
One of the ways in which we quantify things in life is by measurement. In my first life, as I call it as an architect, I used measurements to draw drawings that would help construct buildings. These days we measure many things going on with our bodies with a device called a fit bit. We measure growth of our children, of our cities, of our world and population. We measure quantities of ingredients to cook and to bake. We measure achievement, accomplishments and accolades. In short, our life is filled with many ways we measure different things and aspects of our lives.
Sunday, February 17
What does it mean to be poor? There are many ways to define it. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would define it as anyone who makes $12,490 or less, or for a family of four anything less than $25,750. That is not much money. As a result, our government has many programs for those who are on the lower end of the economic spectrum to help them make it. Some Americans resent that help and look down on those people in who are in need.