Maybe Jesus was so deft at handling the awkward and the socially inept because he grew up with them. One of the harshest questions you can hurl at a person is this one: “What’s the matter with you? Were you brought up in a barn?” When people asked Jesus that question, he always said, “Well, yeah! As a matter of fact, I was!”
The New O Antiphons: I: O Loud and Lavish Lover of the awkward…
Extended Advent I
November 19, 2023 • William A. Evertsberg • Mark 1:1–8
God's Odd Benedictions, I: The Poor
February 14, 2024 • Christine V. Hides • Matthew 5:3–12
Ash Wednesday The third graders will also tell you that the secret to learning the unpatterned and unpredictable blessings of Jesus is to use these triangle memory cards which have a blessing on one side, the promise on the other, and when put in order become a mountain. When I asked them to tell me what it means to be “poor in spirit” here’s what the 3rd graders told me: ● It means being in humble ● It means you don’t have a lot of fancy stuff ● It is what you feel when something is really hard or sad They also told me that being blessed means that you can still feel happy and content if you are poor in spirit because the kingdom of God is here, still growing like a tiny seed that will one day be big enough for all the birds of the air to find shelter in its branches, and all creatures to find shade under its canopy. We should be proud of these young people who condensed 2,000 years’ worth of Christian interpretation of this Beatitude into 150 words! Well done!
Jesus' Grandmothers, V: Mary
February 11, 2024 • Katie Lancaster • Luke 2:41–52
A sermon series on Jesus’ grandmothers, and yet Mary is no grandmother. No. She is Theotokos. Bearer of God. Hagia Maria. Saint Mary. Panagia. Most Holy. Purissima. Most Pure. Our Lady of Tenderness. She Who Shows the Way. Throne of Wisdom. Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows. Her’s is a much more direct lineage to Jesus, the only one whose DNA courses through his veins. From that long pregnant walk to Bethlehem to her place at the foot of the cross, she is a woman of deepest joy and most weighty sorrow. She is not a grandmother to Jesus, but Mary propels us back toward the grandmothers of Jesus all the while allowing their stories to speak into his family tree, showing us again Mary’s place in this most holy pedigree.