sermon: wheat and weeds

Here's the sermon I preached at High Mass yesterday. Wisdom 12.13,16-19; Psalm 86.11-17; Romans 8.12-25; Matthew 13.24-30,36-43 + May I speak in the name of God who creates us, redeems us and sanctifies us. Amen. Judging by the news, this has not been one of humanity’s better weeks. We have had the tragic news of…

book review: cataloochee

When I was in my early twenties living in southwest Virginia, there was a skirmish at the restaurant where I was working. One of the people involved pressed charges, and I was called to the sheriff’s court as a witness. A remarkable case was presented before ours. Two branches of a family who had lived…

on being home

For the past two weeks, I have been in the US visiting family. I only come back about once every two years, and every time, the emotional complexity of returning to the country in which I was raised takes me by surprise. On this trip, we had a large family gathering at the palatial beach…