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Monday 10/19/2020. EPH 2:1-10, LK 12:13-21.The readings today bring us to a reflection on the covenant between God and each of us.  "Be Thou My Vision" guides our thoughts toward the balance of our lives in response to God.  We are beloved and call you for the living presence of God.  I find this hymn comforting and challenging. As my friend, the Rev.  Susan Townsley would always say, we cannot sing this often enough. Peace, Owen

Friday 10/16/2020. Ephesians 1:11-14. "Beloved, God’s chosen, put on as a garment; compassion, forgiveness, and goodness of heart." Chosen is the key idea today. We are chosen to love one another wearing our garment that is grace.  With this grace and in reliance on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we live freely in Christ.  Carry this grace to those you meet and "let love be your raiment that binds into one ev’ry dissonant part of your life and your world.

Thursday 10/15/2020. Ephesians 1:1-10. Today I was inspired by this text to look to a setting of Peter 1 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ..."  at about 2 min in this recording is a lovely phrase "Love one another with a pure heart, fervently."  following on the theme of freedom in the Spirit, this is how we live, free in the Spirit. We love one another. This is how we are known as followers of the One who rose from the dead and opened heaven to us.  Live in Love.

Wednesday 10/14/2020 Galatians 5:18-25. "If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law....If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.  "  St Paul continues his teaching about our freedom, freedom in the gift of the Spirit.  This is a freedom from the darkness we carry inside, those dark places that hold us back, the false power of earthly measures we apply to ourselves.  The gifts of the Spirit are poured out on us.  Recreate us, O Spirit, to live as children of the Light.

Tuesday 10/13/2020. Galatians 5:1-5, Luke 11:37-41. Both of today's readings deal with the unease of the followers of Jesus with the lack of rules. Their focus on externals holds them back from an experience of the freedom that is won in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  We are free. The old law has been fulfilled and a new love based upon love of God and love of neighbor has been born.  Heaven is opened. Sin is destroyed. i think we all struggle with this freedom and like to fall back on the "rules" and "customs" to make us feel comfortable.  How often do you rely on these?  Can we ever truly be free in this life?

Monday 10/12/2020. Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31–5:1. To continue the thought from yesterday's homily,  we come to the feast.  As St Paul writes in today's reading, "For freedom, Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery."  We celebrate that freedom as join together at the table and then move into mission in the community.  WE become the sign of faith in the world, the hands are the sign of Jesus to the world.  How does this happen in your daily life?

Friday 10/9/2020. Luke 11:15-26,Galatians 3:7-14. Today's reading focused on the kingdom and faith.  The world needs justice peace.  How does this come? Through the gifts of the Spirit.  What is key in this chant is that we pray "open in us the gates of your kingdom."   The kingdom is not far off; it is not other wordly.  It starts in us. through the gifts of the Spirit, We long to be the instruments of justice and peace because this is our duty as disciples

Thursday 10/8/2020. Luke 11: 5-13. Last week, we were twice told to be like children.  Today, let the innocence of the children bring this scripture to life in you, "tI tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." The gifts of God are always within our grasp.  All we need do is ask.

Wednesday 10/7/2020. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Today's celebration was instituted after the Christians defeated the Moslems at Leponte; winning because of praying the rosary.  It a significant day for Dominicans. Though Mary’s giving of the rosary to Saint Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of Saint Dominic. As it is with many cultures who pray with beads, it is a prayer form that is simple and brings us to a meditative state.  For Catholics, there is particular meaning as a devotion to Mary the Mother of God that draws on repetitive prayer and scriptural reflections.  Enough teaching.  The rosary is a tool that teaches us most basically: to pray constantly. Meditate on the Word of God and the mysteries that shaped the life of Jesus with his Mother.  Most importantly, let this prayer form be an opportunity to enter into the ultimate LOVE that is God.

Tuesday 10/6/2020. I don't know about you, but I needed a break today. So little so say with so much to say.  So I have opted to sit quietly and just be with this stunning arrangement of Bach's masterpiece and allow the Spirit to speak. Peace to you and yours in this time of endless confusion, trial, sinfulness, and separation.  God is here with us and among us.  Call the Spirit into your evening.   Amen. Owen.

Monday 10/5/2020 Luke 10:25-37. Jesus is asked, "Who is my neighbor?"  What follows is the story of the Good Samaritan.  So why in the world have I chosen "O Holy Night"?  I was drawn to it as a curiosity and now think it is right where we need to be.  This gives us a moment to step out of the romanticism of Christmastide and hear the words in a new way. "Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother....."  Substitute neighbor in that phrase and we have the answer to the question.  Every day our chains are broken in our lives of faith. Baptism is the beginning of a lifetime of freedom.  With it comes a command to "Love our neighbor as ourselves" to help break the chains of others.  How are your chains broken? How can you share that experience with those around you?

Friday 10/2/2020. The Guardian Angels. How often do we invoke the image of the Guardian Angels?  These energetic forms are the living presence of God's love that surrounds us always.  Jesus gives us clear instructions on how to greet these angels when teaching us about children "And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father." (Matthew 18: 5, 10) Or as Bernstein set to music, "God is the simplest of all."  The love shared by Guardian Angels is the pure love of God, in the same way as the children. God loves us a children love, we are loved as we are perfect in this moment, created in God's image.  Receive the child of love in your heart as you are held by your Guardian Angel.

Thursday 10/1/2020. Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child JesusSt. Thérèse was to have said, “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.” To develop and model the interior life of patient faith was her call through quiet acts of love. She is one of the great examples of the gospel paradox that we gain our life by losing it, and that the seed that falls to the ground must die in order to live. How do we do this in a world that expects much the opposite?

Wednesday 9/30/2020. Job:9:1-12, 14-16 ; Luke 9:57-62. The story of Job continues today.  Today, Job says, "If I appealed to him and he answered my call, I could not believe that he would hearken to my words." It hit me between the eyes.  How often does God hears and answers our prayers and we don't recognize it? One of the themes that emerge for me is the presence of God whether we recognize God or not.  This constancy should lead us to trust that no matter what, like Job, we know it will be well with our soul.  Sorry,I cannot always say that I find that true, do you?

Tuesday 9/29/2020. The Feast of St Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels . What can be said about angels?  Something old is new again? Archangels are those spirits who herald the plans for God, serve in the defense of heaven, provide healing.  They have been recognized and spirit forces since before the writing of the New Testament and now, today, play a central role in contemporary spirituality of many descriptions. Ultimately, their vocation as a model for our life - to execute God's word, to of service.  As I listened to this chant, I recalled the many who are "angels" in my life, not so much for their kindness, but for their powerful voice that proclaims God's plan. Who are they in your life?

Monday 9/28/2020. In today's reading from Luke (9:46-50), Jesus says, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me."  So, so, I ask, why children? I think this setting from the text in Mark, really brings the question home for me.  There are simplicity and stark honesty in children that we lose as we become adults.  They can find wonder in the simple things and love without reserve.  Simplicity, so hard to achieve as an adult.  I want to go find some kids to play with and become renewed.

Friday 9/25/2020. I was again struck by the psalm today. My mind went immediately to this spiritual that takes the gospel of Luke 9: 18-22 to a new  depth of understanding in the framework of the psalm refrain ""Blessed be the Lord, my rock."  The text of the spiritual lists all the marvels of God salvific actions, the wonders that show God's faithfulness to us.  After this list of 2 events, how do we answer the question in the gospel " “But who do you say that I am?”  I confess I don't even think of it some days. Only when shaken, do I remember and rely on the Rock of my salvation.  

Thursday 9/24/2020. Psalm 90 is the appointed psalm for today. It is particularly great for today. I am having some of those life difficulties and was questioning my trust in the universe. Midday - poof - an unexpected shift alleviated the stress for a bit. Why did I doubt? Why do we ever doubt?

Wednesday 9/23/2020. In today's gospel according to Luke (9:1-6), Jesus commissioned the disciples and " “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,..." They had little more than the assurance that they would be held in the palm of God's hand. Listening and watching this version of "On Eagle's Wings" gives me faith in that ageless assurance. No matter what the world brings as Proverbs  (30:5) from today teaches "God is a shield to those who take refuge in God."  I urge you to sit with this video and let the full experience touch your heart. Share the hope that I find herein.  Peace, Owen

Tuesday 9/22/2020. Today's reading from the book of Proverbs (21:1-6,10-13) is a strong follow-on to my thoughts of yesterday." Do what is right and fair. The Lord loves that more than sacrifices. Proud looks and proud thoughts are sins. They show a person is evil....God is good. He knows what the wicked are doing, and he will punish them. Those who refuse to help the poor will not receive help when they need it themselves." Ultimately, we ask the question posed in the text of this setting "What shall I bring before the Lord...And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"  It is a time crying out for humility and justice. It is my earnest prayer for all of us.  

Monday 9/21/2020, I am sitting here just lost in my thoughts and saddened that we are such a narrowly focused society.  There is no collective WE just a selfish ME.  I already read the critique of RBG. by the self-possessed raising their voices in attempts to deface her legacy, I am so sorry for them. History, sacrifice, and leadership are so lost. RBG was not Christian but she was a WE, not a ME. We as Church have failed, seriously failed. It is a community of WE.   Generations of focus on the institutions -- schools, hierarchy, succession.....- and have created critical blindness to the call do justice and walk humbly with God, to become the Body of Christ.  The energy of these young people gives me hope.  If they can even live this text in even a small way, the Light of Christ will shine brightly. Walk humbly with God.

Saturday 9/19/2020. 1 Cor 15: 35-37, 42-49. Today's reading again brings us a reflection on the resurrection.  "someone may say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?” "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible."  We don't often think about death and beyond.  It is central to our faith that we will rise again on the last day with Jesus, incorruptible.  This firm assurance changes our relationship to each day to fuel our hope and bring us peace.  Owen

Friday 9/18/2020. 1 Corinthians 15: 12-20 . Reading today's scripture reminded me of this song I first heard in the 1970's .  For me, it brings to life the final line of today's reading from Paul "But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." It is so easy to live as though the tomb was the end of the story. We are free because we know Jesus lives and we live with him today and always.  This is our greatest challenge, to live every day with the risen Jesus as our head. We cannot sleep. We must be alive.

Thursday 9/17/2020. St. Hildegard von Bingen. Born around the year 1098, St. Hildegard was an author, healer, mystic, and composer; first in many fields.  Her wisdom was sought by many.  She was also a strong abbess and held her own against the dominant forces of her time.  In this, her setting of her vision, we can sit back and meditate on the power and ecstasy of creation, ordered by the heart of God.

"Power of Eternity, you who ordered all things in your heart, through your Word all things are created just as you willed, and your very Word calls forth flesh in the shape which was drawn from Adam."

Wednesday 9/16/2020. 1 Cor: 12: 31- 13:13 "Ubi Caritas" Where charity and love prevail, there abides God. This meditative setting by the brothers at Taize leads us into a deeply meditative moment on the text from Corinthians. 

"If I speak in human and angelic tongues

but do not have love,

I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.

And if I have the gift of prophecy

and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;

if I have all faith so as to move mountains,

but do not have love, I am nothing.

Love never ends."

Tuesday 9/15/2020. Our Lady of Sorrows. 1 Cor 12: 12-14, 27-31. John 19: 25-27.Today's gospel places us at the foot of the cross with Mary and the beloved disciple John.  How easy it is for us to focus on the sadness and pain of a parent witnessing the torture and death of their Son. This song, which is new to me,  brings to the central message of salvation that Mary teaches us, Jesus is Love. At then foot fo the cross this love comes alive in a very human way, as Jesus commends Mary and John to each other.  Love expressed never dies.  In our meditation, l hope we can enter into the love that Mary knew and share it with each other as the One Body of Christ.  Owen

Monday 9/14/2020 The Feast of the Exultation of the Cross. In today's readings, we are faces with the complaining Israelites "“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” (NM 21: 4-9), the Incarnation, "He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,..coming in human likeness (Phil 2:6-11) and the firm assurance that "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."  (John 3:13-17). Wow! So, what do I takes away: that no matter how much there is complaining, Jesus comes, humbly, to save us as one of us; not to scold us for our humanness but lift us up to everlasting life.  This is the miracle of the Cross. Alleluia!

Saturday 9/12/2020. 1 Cor 10:14-22. Luke 6:43-49. "When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O, Lord have mercy on me." To my ear, this rendition of the familiar hymn really emphasizes this phrase.  Many of us routinely gather around the table and break bread together following the command in Corinthians. Yet, we are like the person who builds a house on sand.  We are missing the foundation addressed in Luke. We are called to more than a private reception of communion.  We are called to build a house on a solid foundation of faith.  That faith begins both praising the ever-living God of the sunrise and from this "fullness of the heart the mouth speaks."  Plan tonight to fall on your knees..." tomorrow morning and ask God's mercy on your heart, weak in faith.  The grace will come.  Peace, Owen

Friday 9/11/2020 . Psalm 84. Today is one of those days that evokes widely different feelings depending on your geography, generation, culture. Bringing who we are and what we experience is a central tenet of liturgy and worship.  We know God through our experience of ourselves and the world. I have chosen to focus on Psalm 84, the appointed psalm of the day.  It is memorably set by Johannes Brahms in the German Requiem here performed in its original German.  This performance was recorded at Trinity Church Wall Street, an iconic place, just about as close as one can get to the 9/11 site, where hundreds were cared for, sadness was met with comfort, and exhaustion was met with care. Brahms wrote his requiem as a comfort for the living, not a prayer for the deceased.  I pray that this musical moment can wash over you and hold you in your memories of this day.  

Psalm 84 vs 1,2,4

How lovely is your dwelling place,

    O Lord of hosts!

My soul longs, yes, faints

    for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and flesh sing for joy

    to the living God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house,

    ever singing your praise! 

Thursday 9/10/2020. 1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13; Luke 6: 27-38 The sentiment of today's readings is captured in this contemporary worship song.  We are told by St. Paul "But if one loves God, one is known by God." In Luke, Jesus tells his disciples, "But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great..."  The prayer we hold today is "Melt our cold hearts, teach us compassion, Come change our love from a spark to a flame."

Wednesday 9/9/2020. Feast of Saint Peter Claver, SJ. A Spanish Jesuit, Claver, became the patron saint of slaves, the Republic of Colombia, and ministry to African Americans as a result of his life and work.  This musical adaptation of the Beatitudes, today's gospel Luke 6: 20-26, brings this scripture to life "For within your heart is born the kingdom of the Lord." It is the building of the kingdom beginning in the heart that makes the work of a Saint like Peter Claver possible.  Claver said, ""To love God as He ought to be loved... We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for His sake."  This love is the fullness of the kingdom surging in your hearts.  I hope that this musical meditation brings your heart alive with this total love, that is God.

Tuesday 9/8/2020 Nativity of the Mary, the Mother of God. This is the kind of feast day that we don't think much about.  It is, however, directly related to the Immaculate Conception. Mary conceived without original sin enters the world as a beacon of hope.  I always wonder about what Mary actually knew or thought about all of this.  Certainly, she did not know she was "special" until Gabriel arrived and announced the pending arrival of Jesus.  How often do we forget that we are special too and even miss the "Gabriels" in our lives that herald our blessed uniqueness in the eyes of God? 

The translation of the text set in this selections:

"Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God,

announced joy to the whole world:

For out of thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God,

who paying for the curse, gave blessing,

and confounding death, gave us life eternal. “

Monday 9/7/2020. Ah Labor Day.......a simple few words from the 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 "Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." I hope your holiday has been filled with moments of sincerity and truth .. I can add little more than sending your blessings on your work and labor. Continue to do the good work of sincerity and truth. Owen

Saturday 9/5/2020. Luke 6:1-5. When I read this final line of today's gospel "Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath,”  I immediately thought of this song.  The Pharisees tried to trick Jesus by questioning him about violating the Sabbath.  After offering a quick explanation, he simply said, I am in charge.  This is a great moment. Jesus, God, is not to be contained by our human rules, the boundaries we create, or the limits of our imagination.  Our God is an awesome God who came and lived as one of us.  Breathtaking.  

Friday 9/4/2020. 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Luke 5: 33-39 This passage is close to my heart today.  Paul is telling people to be patient.  The key is "He (Jesus) will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and will reveal the purposes of the hearts." I find this song particularly moving. "Showing me all that I must see." How else can we become the new wineskins to hold the new wine?  

Thursday 9/3/2020. St Phoebe, Deaconess. St Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church. Today we reflect on two leaders who embraced lives of service; both associated with Rome, both known for their commitment to those in need. Phoebe (1st century) was a deaconess of the Church, praised praise by St Paul in his Letter to the Romans, and is said to have brought Paul's epistle to the Romans to Rome with her. Gregory is known as a skilled, pastoral administrator and is famous for the emphasis he put on missionary work.  Both were was well known for their care of the poor. Both were clearly dedicated to telling the story of Jesus far and wide.  Spreading the good news and caring for the poor are acts of joy that should lead us to sing and dance.  Dance with me in the joy of the Good News through this lilting musical selection.

Wednesday 9/2/2020 1Cor 3:1-9; Luke 4:38-44 The gospel today takes us to the side of Jesus -  healing and preaching, casting out demons and cornered by his followers so he would not leave them.  He clearly told them that he needed to continue to spread the good news to all the villages; he could not stay. Paul writes to a very divided city that they had lost their connection to Jesus. The factions were destroying them. He writes, "For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building." We walk with Jesus from village to village each day. Why? Because people need the Lord. We share in the work of Jesus, not as casual witnesses but as members of his body, as the co-workers of God.  Give me the grace to make this the focus of every day because I need the Lord too.

Tuesday 9/1/2020 Luke 4: 31-37 Here we have Jesus stirring up trouble again.  The crowd is astonished at the authority with which he teaches.  A demonic spirit rises up in the crown and Jesus silences it.  They said, "They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word?" I am not sure about you but I am waiting for Jesus to say the word and banish demons from our world.  The simplicity of this tune the raw emotion of this text: "Our common life declares our ills, is there no cure, O Christ, for these?" reach into me and raise my heart in unison with this choir and communities around our nation.  Heal us, O Jesus.  I know I have a role in bringing this healing to the world. How? I am not quite sure.  I trust in the Spirit, through whom we each have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16). What else can guide the way?

Monday 8/31/2020.

Luke 4:18

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring glad tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."

In the gospel reading today, Jesus enters the temple and reveals himself to the community.  It does to go well.  He is driven from town and threatened with stoning.  He passes through the crowd without harm.  Everyday, I feel as though I am faced with the same -- the gospel message is not well received.  Sometimes, the tis clearly because of my delivery and behavior; other times it is the ears of those around me.  My content prayer is that live fully into being anointed as a baptized member of the community. As I sit here today, I se that there were areas in which cold do better tomorrow, with God's grace.  You?

Friday 8/28/2020 Saint Augustine of Hippo. There is not enough time and space allotted for a complete telling of my thoughts.  If Augustine can be declared a saint, we all can be a saint. He did not have a straight line to holiness, his trials often centered around sexual activity. Hence, his mother Monica wept. We still bear the result of his struggles in the teachings of the Church; we can thank him for the final formation of the doctrine of Original Sin, for example.He was indisputably brilliant and shared his struggles with us freely.  This prayer attributed to him sums up the spirit of his quest - Holy Spirit, make me holy. our path to holiness is in the struggle with abandonment to the Holy Spirit. Peace, Owen

Thursday 8/27/2020. Saint Monica; Monica, a mother for the ages. She was an African woman k own outstanding Christian virtues, particularly the suffering caused by her husband's adultery, and her prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son, Saint Augustine.  As we will mention tomorrow, Augustine was quite the son.  I selected this hymn that celebrates strong women throughout time. Monica could be added.  Let's take a moment and step back to reflect upon the women who silently weep for us, as was Monica's silent act for her son. Who are the strong women who silently support us?  Lift them up in thanksgiving. Peace, Owen

Wednesday 8/26/2020. Matthew 23: 27-32Today's reading from Matthew brings us front and center to the indignation of Jesus with the Pharisees.  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,......" And, Jesus goes on!  We are all whitewashed tombs unless we continually invite Jesus to live in our hearts.   He was the model that St Paul shows to the Thessalonians as recounted in the first reading. There is Jesus and no other.  In our day's we work to keep the invitation alive "Jesus, reign in me again."  Let's work on this together.  Owen

Tuesday 8/25/2020 Memorial of St Louis of France
St Louis heard the call of God and acted upon it.  He led a crusade, saved his troops when surrounded, and at home build schools and cared for the poor.  This poem/setting from the Iona Community in Scotland captures the experience of St Louis in Christ .  The importance of the saints to us lies in their humanness.  Here we celebrate the leader of a nation-state who was a warrior on the battlefield and in the streets setting an example for all of us.  Yes, we can say. much about the Crusades as 21century people looking back.  In the context of his time, he did what he knew was right.  Do we have the same courage?

Jesus Christ Is Waiting, Waiting in the Streets
Meter: 11 11 10 11

Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets,
no one is his neighbor, all alone he eats.
Listen, Lord Jesus, I am lonely too;
make me, friend or stranger, fit to wait on you.

Jesus Christ is raging, raging in the streets
where injustice spirals and real hope retreats.
Listen, Lord Jesus, I am angry too;
in the Kingdom’s causes let me rage with you.

Jesus Christ is healing, healing in the streets,
curing those who suffer, healing those he greets.
Listen, Lord Jesus, I have pity too;
let my care be active, healing just like you.

Jesus Christ is dancing, dancing in the streets,
where each sign of hatred he, with love, defeats.
Listen, Lord Jesus, I should triumph too:
where good conquers evil let me dance with you.

Jesus Christ is calling, calling in the streets,
“Who will join my journey? I will guide your feet.”
Listen, Lord Jesus, let my fears be few;
walk one step before me, I will follow you.

Text: John L. Bell, b. 1949 and Graham Maule, b. 1958; © 1988, WGRG, c/o Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., agent Use with permission OneLicense A-730264

Monday 8/24/2020 Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

"Can anything good come from Nazareth?" John 1:46

Bartholomew, an Apostle to India and Armenia must have looked like he was from the "wrong side of the tracks" to these people! He, like Jesus , came from unfamiliar or is-used cultures from the “wrong side of the trucks” and brought gospel joy to them. How often do we look away from those who are different, those who are from the Nazareths of our day?

If we can out aside our aversion to male forward language, this simple poem and setting ask the questions we must ask ourselves everyday and reminds us of the power of a simple smile as he vehicle for speeding gospel love.

"Who is that man in garments quaint and rare?

Who is he who speaks in rhythms alien to my ear?

Who is he? Who is he?

To him I am as strange as he to me;

and in his questing eyes I read a silent plea.

Who are you? Who are you?

How sad it is we do not know each other;

but when he smiles,

At once I recognize -- my brother!

I hope that he can see in me his brother."

Carl M. Steubing was director of Mohawk Valley Chorus when, in the early 1960's he composed the music to a poem written by Dr. Miles J. Martin

Saturday 8/22/2020 Luke 1:38 "May it be done to me according to your word."  Today we celebrate the Queenship of Mary.  Mary's "yes" to the plan outlined by the angel Gabriel, is an act of courage and strength. The Lord of sea and sky, wind and rain, life and death, has called her and she took a risk - a big risk.  But, she went forward.  This musical selection gives voice to this "Yes" and challenges each of us to live the will of God. We, like Mary, follow and hold God's people in our heart through a life of service and contemplation. Take a moment today and listen to this popular song with the ears of Mary and again through your ears transformed.  Peace, Owen

Friday 8/21/2020

After a very long, draining week, today's reading from Ezekiel touched me and then the landed on this tune by Matt Maher.  Joy did not always come in the morning but I did keep praising the Lord. waiting for my grave to open.  What were your trials this week?  Will you keep focused on praise of the Lord?  I hope so.  Owen

Ezekiel 37: 13-14

Then you shall know that I am the LORD,

when I open your graves and have you rise from them,

O my people!

I will put my spirit in you that you may live,

and I will settle you upon your land;

Thursday 8/20/2020. Maybe it is because I have been working on our children's liturgy or that the upbeat nature of this selection blew into my head when I read the gospel, but please indulge me a little nostalgia.  Yes, the tune is simple, the fidelity of the sound is not up to our current standards, and it the interpretation of the story does not exactly match the last line of the gospel "Many are invited, but few are chosen.”  It does link the reading from Ezekiel and the gospel - God call's we have to respond or we live with the consequence.  So not all music has to be "high brow."  On this Memorial of St Bernard, let today's children's tune from your author's childhood, bring you a smile and an ear worm about discipleship. Owen

Wednesday 8/19/2020. Psalm 23. I was so relieved to see this psalm as the appointed psalm of the day.  I love this setting and hope opens you to the power of grace that comes when you are anointed and your cup overflows. I needed to be reminded that kindness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. I guess I am tired, really tired.  How about you?  Owen.

Tuesday 8/18/2020 Today's readings bring together two important elements for us.In the reading from the prophet Ezekiel (28:1-10), the people of Israel are chastised "Because you are haughty of heart, you say, “A god am I! I occupy a godly throne in the heart of the sea!”— And yet you are a man, and not a god, however, you may think yourself like a god."  Jesus summarizes his teaching on discipleship with the very well known phrase "But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.” (Matthew 19:30). Following the will of God's love requires a humble heart and gentle spirit of service.  The message is clear today, get with the program.  How can we accomplish this every day? Peace Owen

Monday 8/17/2020 Today's gospel reading ends:
Matthew 19:21
Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  But when the young man heard this, he went away sadly, for he was very rich."   There are days when this is my experience.  I am rich in possessions, talents, people, ...God's has blessed me greatly.  I often don't want to give them up! I try to not fall into the trap of this young man but struggle to give it all, give my heart to God.  It is not so simple.  How about you?  Peace, Owen

Saturday 8/15/2020. Solemnity of the Assumption. Sister says things which weave a tremendous tapestry to will elegance.  She is very scholarly, don't let her academic frame distract you from her powerful message.  The promise of the process is what we each live.  Peace, Owen.  

Friday 8/14/2020 St Maximilian Kolbe, was a Polish Catholic priest and Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II.  Under the guidance of St Pope Paul VI,  This very traditional hymn popped into my head when considering Kolbe's life.  This version moved me.  Are we really ready to say "Take my life," and mean it even in the smallest ways each day?  I really wonder about me.  How about you?  Peace, Owen.  

Thursday 8/13/2020 Another unlikely person who was recognized as a saint....Hippolytus was both an anti-Pope and a strong defender of orthodoxy, and admitted his excesses by his humble reconciliation. He was not a formal heretic, but an overzealous disciplinarian. What he could not learn in his prime as a reformer and purist, he learned in the pain and desolation of imprisonment.   How are we over zealous and not open to the message of the Gospel?  Do we need an imprisonment to teach us the ways of the Lord?  Peace. Owen

Wednesday 8/12/2020. St Jane Frances de Chantal.
We continue today with our reflection on Saints. Today Saint Jane Frances de Chantal. She founded the religious Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. The order accepted women who were rejected by other orders because of poor health or age. When people criticized her, Chantal famously said, "What do you want me to do? I like sick people myself; I'm on their side." During its first eight years, the new order also was unusual in its public outreach, in contrast to most female religious who remained cloistered and adopted strict ascetic practices. Can you just hear God saying "I'm not finished yet"? Her own life was one of continuous trial. Her mother died when she was 18 months old,At 21, she married Baron de Chantal, by whom she had six children, three of whom died in infancy. Jane’s husband was killed after seven years of marriage, and she sank into deep dejection for four months at her family home. Her father-in-law threatened to disinherit her children if she did not return to his home. He was then 75, vain, fierce, and extravagant.

Jane Frances was 45 when she founded the order. She underwent great sufferings: Francis de Sales died; her son was killed; a plague-ravaged France; her daughter-in-law and son-in-law died. She encouraged the local authorities to make great efforts for the victims of the plague, and she put all her convent’s resources at the disposal of the sick.

Again, you can hear God saying "I'm not finished yet?" Are we open to hearing that same refrain in our own lives? "I'm not finished yet."

Tuesday 8/11/2020. Today we celebrate the Feast of St Clare of Assisi, St Francis' trusted companion. This brief video provides a glimpse into her profound connection with the Divine and her instruction to us all. Peace, Owen

Monday 8/10/2020 This week is filled with memories of saints.  We began with Dominic over the weekend, today we celebrate St Lawrence, a deacon who was killed in the Roman persecutions in 258 ad.  Imagine the faith he showed and the inspiration he gave that people were moved to celebrate his life across Rome.  Certainly, he felt his chains were gone.  Do we?  Peace Owen.  

Saturday 8-8-2020. Feast of St Dominic. Matthew 17:14-20

Friday 8/7/2020 Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life? Matthew 16:24-28

Thursday 8/6/2020 Hello My Friends, Working with spotty internet on my phone, still feeling the impact of the storm, I wanted to get something out to you. Today's scripture is from Jeremiah. Take a moment to read the text and reflect while listening to this lovely rendition. Peace. Owen

Jeremiah 31: 1-7
At that time, says the LORD,
I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel,
and they shall be my people.
Thus says the LORD:
The people that escaped the sword
have found favor in the desert.
As Israel comes forward to be given his rest,
the LORD appears to him from afar:
With age-old love I have loved you;
so I have kept my mercy toward you.

Tuesday 8/4/2020 I have looked and looked for a better version of this Psalm but not to be found.  So sorry for the quality.  This has been an earworm for me all day so it must mean I am to share it. I apologize.

Monday 8/3/2020. Matthew 14: 22-26 I was poking around and found this.  It is a great meditation on today's gospel reading “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Saturday 8/1/2020. Matthew 5:13-19. You are the salt of the earth.

Friday 7/31/2020. 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

Thursday 7/30/2020. Luke 6:43-45. Share your goodness.

Wednesday 7/29/2020. John 11:19-27. Yes, Lord, I believe.

Tuesday 7/28/2020. Selection from Selection taken from Radcliffe, T. (2012) I call you friends.Bloomsbury, pg. 82. God is greater than we can hold.

on taken from Radcliffe, T. (2012) I call you friends.Bloomsbury, pg. 82. God is greater than we can hold.

Monday 7-27-2020. Selection from Selection taken from Radcliffe, T. (2012) I call you friends.Bloomsbury, pg. 81. We cannot know the fullness of God.

Saturday 7/25/2020. 2 Corinthians 4:7-15. We are the vessel that holds the treasure.

Friday 7/24/2020. Matthew 13:18-23. Bring the kingdom alive.

Thursday 7/23/2020. Matthew 13:10-17. We are blest with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Wednesday 7/22/2020. Music for reflection on the Feast of Mary Magdalene.

Tuesday 7/21/2020. Micah 7:14-15, 18-20. Be free from guilt.

Monday 7/20/2020. Micah 6:1-4, 6-8. Walk humbly with God.

Saturday 7/18/2020. John 15: 9-17. I call you friends.

Friday 7/17/2020. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.

Thursday 7/16/2020. Isaiah 26:7-9,

Wednesday 7/15/2020. Matthew 11:25-27.

Tuesday 7-14-2020. Isaiah 7:1-9

Monday 7/13/2020. Matthew 10:34-11:1. Being a disciple is hard.

Saturday 7/11/2020. Isaiah 6:1-8. Here I am , send me.

Friday 7/10/2020.  Matthew 10:16-23. Do not worry about how you are to speak.

Thursday 7/9/2020. Matthew 10:7-15. We are going to see the king.

Wednesday 7/8/2020. Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12. Let us build the kingdom of justice.

Tuesday 7/7/2020. Matthew 9:32-38

Monday 7/6/2020. Matthew 9:18-26. Turn and smile at Jesus.

Saturday 7/4/2020. Am 9:11-15. May God's grace pour over you.

Friday 7/3/2020 .Ephesians 2:19-22. We are diverse in culture...

Thursday 7/2/2020. Psalm 91. This is a story full of love.

Wednesday 7/1/2020.  Mt 8:28-34.   God triumphs over evil

Monday 6/29/2020. 2 Timothy 4:17-18; Snatched from the jaws of the lion everyday of our lives.

Saturday 6/27/2020 Matthew 8:5-17

Friday 6/26/2020. Matthew 8: 2-4 . Jesus heals us as he healed the leper. Owen 

Thursday 6/25/2020. Matthew 7: 21-29; Built on the rock of faith nothing can shake us.

Wednesday 6/24/2020. Acts 13:23; Saint John the Baptist, Live humbly

Tuesday 6/23/2020, Matthew 7; Golden Rule

Monday 6-22-2020. Psalm 60; Hold fast to your faith.

Saturday 6-20-2020 Luke 2: 41; Immaculate Heart of Mary; Blessed Mother as a good mom.

Friday 6-19-2020. 1 John: 16; God is Love: Take up My Yoke

Thursday 6-18-2020. Matthew 6:7, Lord teach us to pray, The Lord's Prayer

Wednesday 6-17-2020. Psalm 31

Tuesday 6-16-2020. Matthew 5:43-48. Love your neighbor

Monday 6-15-2020. Matthew 5:38.  Turn your cheek 

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Sunday Worship

Eucharist 10/18/2020.

This is a "rerun."  Sinuses have me down, so sorry.  Back next week!Blessings and peace, Owen

Eucharist 10/11/2020. Eucharist 28th Sunday Ordinary Time. Isaiah 25:6-10A; Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 ; Matthew 22:1-14.  Come to the Feast.

Eucharist 10/4/2020 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 4:6-9 , Matthew 21:33-43. Look to the good and find peace.

Eucharist 9/27/2020. 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. Ezekiel 18: 25-28; Philippians 2:-11; Matthew 21:28-32; Put on the mind of Christ.

Eucharist 9/20/2020. 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. Isaiah 55: 6-9; Philippians 1: 20-27, 27. Matthew 20: 1-16A.

Eucharist 9/13/2020 24th Sunday in Ordinary time. Year A. Sirach 27:30- 28:7; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35

Eucharist 9/6/2020. 23rd Sunday in Ordinary time Year A. Ezekiel 33:7-9, Romans: 13:8-10, Matthew 18: 16-20

Eucharist 8/30/3030 22nd. Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. Jeremiah 20: 7-9; Romans 12: 1-2; Matthew 16:21-27

Eucharist 8/23/2020. 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. Isaiah 22: 19-23; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16: 13-20

Eucharist 8/16/2020. 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Romans 11: 13-5, 29-32; Matthew 15: 21-28

Eucharist 8/2/2020. 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. Isaiah 55:1-3;  Romans 8:35, 37-39; Matthew 14:13-21.  We are fed and nourished without limit.

Eucharist 7/26/2020. 17th
Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Romans 8:28-30, Matthew 13:44-52 We build the kingdom.

Eucharist 7/19/2020. 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43. Spread the Word with your smile.

Eucharist 7-12-2020. 15 th Sunday inOrdinary time Year A. Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9. Sow the seeds of the kingdom

Eucharist. 7-5-2020. 14th Sunday in Ordinary time Year A. Zechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30; Come to me you how labor and are heavy burdened

Eucharist 6-28-2020 13 Sunday in Ordinary Tim Year A; 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a; Romans 6:3-4, 8-11; Matthew 10:37-42; Live your baptismal commitment,take up your cross and follow

Eucharist 6-21-2020 12 Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A; Jeremiah 20:10-13; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33; Be a Saint

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