A Lighthouse for Spiritual Pilgrims

A Lighthouse for Spiritual Pilgrims

The 125th Anniversary sermon from the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. Listen here. I have encountered all sorts of spiritual pilgrims in my 14 years at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea. Some have been on the road awhile, others are just starting out. Some are passing...
The Unjust Steward

The Unjust Steward

It’s a blessing to have practice runs in life; dress rehearsals before the real performance, study sessions before the actual test, opportunities to learn and grow in an environment that stretches us, but that is also safe. In today’s gospel, Our Lord refers to...
Holy Cross

Holy Cross

Jesus’ teaching in today’s gospel takes place just days before his crucifixion. In the context of his death on the cross, it seems to me that these words could come across as quite brazen and perhaps even delusional. I wonder if any of his hearers pondered these...
To Be a Disciple

To Be a Disciple

We are celebrating the gift of grandparents this weekend at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea. When I first read the gospel reading for this occasion I was a little concerned. Our Lord teaches, ”If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and...
Truth and Division

Truth and Division

Our Lord in today’s gospel gives us a difficult and puzzling word. Honestly this is one of those passages of Scripture that is tempting to ignore; to just kind of look the other way and pretend it’s not there. But, like the young child playing hide-and-seek...
Baptism & Identity

Baptism & Identity

My son, Henry, was baptized a little over five years ago in a particularly grand church in New York City, St Thomas Fifth Avenue. The church is located one of the busiest streets in Manhattan. Its towering Gothic arches and open doors bring in hundreds of thousands of...