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Easter 6A

The readings appointed for Easter 6A can be found here
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Where True Love Is, God is Surely There
I’ve been reading of late about the risk of joy. How it is our tendency as human beings to push back against joyfulness because at it’s core, joy is terrifying. Terrifying, because ebullient as we may be we have already anticipated losing that very thing that has brought us to this place of goodness.
This is such a common phenomenon that it has coined sayings, “waiting for the other shoe to drop” and even diagnostic terminology—euphobia or “fear of good news” is apparently a treatable condition.
Perhaps that’s why the angels so often say, “don’t be afraid”?
Afraid of the good. Afraid of a love beyond reckoning…
And so, we push away the good itself wondering, “what if?”.
What if?
What if he leaves? What if the plane crashes? What if I fail? What if? What if?
What happens if I give myself over to anticipation and delight and then lose it all?
Scary, and painful…the anticipation of a grief that ma…

Easter 5A, Pomelo Begins to Grow

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The readings appointed for today can be found at http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Easter/AEaster5_RCL.html#gsp1
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The Farewell is the Beginning
The Gospel we hear today, is one that many of you will find familiar within another context.
Funerals. Or, the burial of the dead, as the prayer book calls this sacred rite. This Gospel is offered as one of the possibilities of scripture appropriate to a funeral—and it in, in my experience, the passage chosen most often by families as they mourn.
Chosen, quite simply, because of the deep comfort that so many find in the words, “I go to prepare a place for you.”
How many of us long to know that those whom we love, and see no longer, have found their place in the house of God, in the life that is to come.
That Jesus, ever in front of us, will not leave us comfortless.
Will not leave us comfortless, in life or in death.
So, yes, this passage is frequently proclaimed at funerals...but it would be just as suitable at a baptism or con…

Easter 4A

As always, the readings appointed can be found here

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Easter 4A, 2017, St. Clement’s
If you rummage through the old photos of the church you can see that there used to be a fence at St. Clement’s. Tasteful and elegant, a hedgerow, ran alongside the edges of what we call the green--delineating the line between the public space of the sidewalk and the private property of the church.
The hedgerow is long gone, but the gate that stood at the intersection of Portland and Milton is still there.
It’s known as the lych gate. The lych gate, lich being the old English word for “corpse”, has traditionally served as the place where the priest receives the body prior to a funeral. In fact, the 1549 Book of Common Prayer made this liturgical action a requirement. However, over the centuries, the practice grew out of favor and few of our churches have these gates.
That said, our current Prayer Book has a provision for welcoming the body, and whenever there is a body present at a funeral at St. Cleme…