Archive for January, 2010

Luke 4:14-21 January 24, 2010

January 25, 2010

It scarcely seems possible that so much could have changed since I was last with you, only two weeks ago. The following Tuesday the earthquake shook down unimaginable horrors upon the people of Port au Prince, and it must be having tragic repercusions in Trinity Church’s companion village of Cher Maitre. Even without a close link to Haiti, such as you have, is there anyone who doesn’t wake up in the morning thinking of Haiti? Speaking for myself, I cannot begin to take in the magnitude of the suffering; my heart feels puny compared to their need. I asked myself, what does this reading from the Gospel of Luke have to say to me, to the people of Trinity Church, to the people of Haiti? (more…)


Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

January 10, 2010

First Sunday after Epiphany, 10 January 2010   The Baptism of Our Lord

Which is heavier, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead pellets? Today’s Gospel reading can fool us by looking brief, until we discover how dense it is with points to ponder. For instance, it raises the question of two baptisms. Why two? What is the difference between John’s baptism and Jesus’ baptism? Why did Jesus go to John for baptism if he had his own? For another thing, it raises the question of John’s depiction of Jesus. John had not met Jesus, yet he casts Jesus as a harsh, judgmental figure – a portrayal that the Gospel, itself, does not bear out. What accounts for that contradiction? For a third thing, this passage dangles a demeaning temptation in front of us when it comes to interpreting these issues. I’ll say more about this temptation in a moment. (more…)