The Dangerous Waters of Baptism

The Easter Vigil 4/15/2017 Matthew 28:1-10 There is a feeling or maybe it’s a saying that applies to couples; often couples in new love. I can’t live with or without you. This internal conflict seems to hold the person’s desires in tension. On one side, this person makes you crazy. You are head over heels in love and you feel like a teenager. You want to spend all your time with them and you can’t imagine being apart. On the other side, there is something else. The person has qualities that you just can’t stand. They drive you crazy in a different way and you wish the other person was not in your life. Life would be so much easier without them. This is the same relationship we have with oth

Death is Real

Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 11:1-45 The Capuchin Crypt in Rome is one of several holy places in which the entire space is meticulously decorated; decorated with the bones of people. I think it would be nearly impossible to enter a space like this for worship and not understand that death is real. Ezekiel was brought to such a space where in the valley lay many dry bones. Through the word of God, these bones were rebuilt with sinews and flesh, skin and breath; and they lived again. Orthodox Christians generally believe that when we die, we are on hold until Christ comes again. At that time, all people will physically rise from the grave and the once dead will proceed t

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