Ash Wednesday 2017

Ash Wednesday 2017

Ash Wednesday brings us back to Earth. What are these ashes? Perhaps they are last Easter’s palm hosanna’s waved in joy, now presented to the fire. Once full of life, now grey-shadowed dust transformed, and lying in a waiting bowl. Ash Wednesday brings us back to...
Candlemas Day

Candlemas Day

When you wake on February 2, you are 40 days from Christmas. You might think it is Groundhog Day, but alongside this celebration of forecasting hope or gloom, it is also Candlemas. Candlemas is very old tradition rooted in the visit of Mary and Joseph to the Temple...
The Shepherds Came

The Shepherds Came

She holds him in the cradle of her arm, a soft, swaddled weight that fits just right. She intones the story. On the night that you were born the sky was a lovely dark and the stars shone brighter than any night I ever saw. On the hill behind the shed we heard the...
A Solitary Whispered Prayer

A Solitary Whispered Prayer

Hannah was mother of no-child for years and years. This was pain; pain etched deep. In her culture, infertility was a woman’s fault a sign of God’s disfavour, a source of shame a  slow internal dying of an envisioned future, a well of grief and tears. And every year...
Pentecost, without Fire?

Pentecost, without Fire?

The images of fire-filled Fort McMurray remain close to us as we near Pentecost. With pastoral sensitivity, and out of kindness, some have suggested setting aside fire imagery and holding up other Pentecost images. I tried to. I sat with the Pentecost-as-Breath story...
Spilling and Splashing

Spilling and Splashing

“What now?” Into the disorder of the week he pours water in a  basin and wraps a towel around. I like to imagine he got the idea from Mary Magdalene. It was her gift to anoint his feet, her tears pouring love, her hair a towel of tender care. Great love....
Tuesday: Self-Giving Love

Tuesday: Self-Giving Love

It happened in the Temple the part that was more like a marketplace than a church, a widow, poor and of any imaginable age pays her temple tax with two small coins, a mite, but all she had. And Jesus says something like: “The truth is, this woman has put in more...