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“My name is legion”

by Mitch Palmer “Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion;’ for many demons had entered him.” He called himself Legion but that is not his true name. That is not who he is. It is, rather, … Continue reading

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What Really Matters — July 17 2016

Today I think of air Captain Chesley Sullenberger III.  Born in 1951 in Denison, Texas, He was a faithful member of his Methodist Church and an excellent student. By January 15 2009 he had been a pilot for 30 years, with … Continue reading

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When Our Divisions Increase, Finding Healing

At this time of the year (May 8) we have the Feast of the Ascension (just past), today’s gospel reading (John 17:20-26) and the Feast of Pentecost coming up next Sunday.  So by virtue of the Ascension, all things have … Continue reading

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A Grim Isolation

Last week there was a call to abolish solitary confinement in US prisons, at least for under aged prisoners.  Solitary confinement is a very grim kind of isolation, soul destroying The Dutch artist Heironymus Bosch (d. 1516) is remembered in … Continue reading

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Bridges… Destroying, or Building

The year 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s writings.  He described many remarkable characters – and villains.  In Shakespeare’s play King Lear, Edmond is the very picture of cold vengeance and self-interest.  By his actions, he destroys personal relationships, … Continue reading

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Premonition — Luke 12:1-8

A PREMONITION OF WHAT IS TO COME Many people refer to the last speech by Martin Luther King by the title, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”.  It is the speech he gave on the day before his assassination, which was … Continue reading

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The Feast of the New Creation in Divine Community

    Returning to a loving God, or continuing with deep seated rebellion, and wandering alone? One Lenten author wrote this:  “I remember a mother coming to talk to me about her drug addicted son.  He had been a trial … Continue reading

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Becoming Free and Fruitful

In our first reading (Exodus 3:1-15) the same God who had met with and made the great covenant with Abraham hundreds of years before (in Genesis chapter 15) now meets with Moses.  The epic journey of humans with God, the … Continue reading

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Rising to What We Can Be — Lk 13:31-35

Lk13v31-35 Lent 2C Ps 27/ Gen 15.1-12, 17-18/ Phil 3.17-4.1/ Lk 13.(22-30) 31-35 RISING TO THE TRUTH OF WHAT WE CAN BE In the news, there is often a recall of vehicles or other products, due to some fault that … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Test — Luke 4:1-13

The Devil’s Test — Mt 4:1-11// Lk 4:1-13 – Sunday February 14 2016 “Lead me not into temptation… I can find it myself” says one bumper sticker, pointing up temptation in the Lord’s prayer. Indeed, the three temptations of Jesus link … Continue reading

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