Story-Telling-A Meditation For Lent, Day 20

I’m a preacher. Go ahead and laugh. It’s kind of like saying, "I’m a traveling medicine man, or a whirling dervish or a Swedish dragon-fighter." Those are jobs nobody has anymore, but it’s not because people don’t need the newest patent medicine, or don’t want to dance like a dust-devil on the desert floor, or even because all the dragons are dead. It’s just that no one believes the stories anymore.

Mostly Nothing-A Meditation for Lent, Day 18

Thirty spokes are joined in the wheel's hub. The hole in the middle makes it useful. Mold clay into a bowl. The empty space makes it useful. Cut out doors and windows for the house. The holes make it useful. Therefore, the value comes from what is there, But the use comes from what is … Continue reading Mostly Nothing-A Meditation for Lent, Day 18

Wealth and Poverty-A Meditation for Lent Day 16

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.—Luke 6:20 We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.― Dorothy Day Attachment is the root of all suffering.—Guatama Buddha. I am a member of the Global One Percent. I bet you are too. According … Continue reading Wealth and Poverty-A Meditation for Lent Day 16

Homeless-A Meditation for Lent, Day 14

Homeless people have it easy: they get free meals, free clothes, free medical care at the Free Clinic, a free ride. We have to pay, through the nose, for all those things. Sure, they live under bridges, or crowded like stacked firewood in shelters, or under dirty blankets behind the Dumpster. But life is a choice, and they choose to live like this. At least that’s the prevailing narrative.

Repairing the World: A Homily for the Second Sunday in Lent

The season of Lent offers us an opportunity to begin our own journey from Ur to Canaan, or to begin it again, even if we have been on it all our lives. Lent is not about fasting from chocolate or wine or red meat for forty days. Lent helps us discovering a way of leaving everything we have, on a long journey through a desert or on dark and dangerous streets. If we are faithful to that journey, we will come to know how it is for the people who have nothing, for whom being born is just a brief and painful time before dying. On that journey we can be reborn with eyes that can really see the world and how it can be made whole.

Mercy-A Meditation for Lent, Day 11

Mercy is the highest form of human moral behavior. Mercy for those who suffer now, even if their suffering is self-inflicted. Mercy for those who have acted unmercifully towards others. Mercy for the sick, mercy for the suffering, mercy for the poor, mercy for the oppressed—these are our call, our service, the markers of our humanity.