Second Childhood

What is it about being a kid? Jesus says "Anyone who does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."  Here's my sermon from Saint Francis Sunday, with the Top Ten Reasons we need to be like a child to enter into the experience that Jesus calls "the Kingdom of God." The text is Mark 10: 2-16.  Click below to listen: Saint Francis Sermon 10_7_12
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Bigger on the Inside

  I've been thinking about the statement attributed to Jesus that "In my Father's house are many dwelling places."  When I was a kid and learned that verse, it was in a translation that said "In my Father's house are many mansions," and I've always liked the magical feeling of that; something bigger on the inside than on the outside.  It reminded me of Mary Poppins' carpetbag, out of which she could pull a floor lamp, or of the Wardrobe or Stable in C.S. Lewis' Narnia books, both of which contained entire worlds when you…
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Sustainable Spirituality

Ordinary Time stretches from Pentecost in June to the beginning of Advent at the end of November.  This is the season when there is nothing special going on liturgically; the coziness of Christmas is behind us, the darkness of Lent, the emotional high points of Easter and Pentecost are behind us, and we are just immersed in the day-to-day.  Our individual lives have a similar rhythm; sometimes there are high points and low points, and then there's a whole bunch of just-plain-ordinariness. As a gardener, I'm familiar with the idea of sustainable ways to grow…
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Interbeing

On this 4th day of July, I've been pondering the ideas of independence and inter-dependence.  We tend to think of independence as an ideal, both personally and socially.  As young people, we want to be independent from our parents; as grown-ups, we envy those who are independently wealthy.  We admire independent thinkers, and strong self-sufficiency characterizes our heroes, especially here in the West. But if we are honest with ourselves, independence is a myth.  Not a single one of us can be truly independent.  Even if we were to go live in the woods, fell…
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