Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on April 18, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Apr 18, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

This sounds much like last week’s gospel and yet, in Luke’s way of telling, it’s got a different feel and emphasis. There’s no mention of Thomas and his need to see his doubts answered, and no mention of the Holy Spirit. Last week John or a narrator tells the reader these things are written so that we “may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God…” Today it is Jesus himself who speaks, explaining, “You are witnesses of these things.”

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on April 11, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Apr 11, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

The thing about doubt is that we have to trust them. I know that sounds antithetical but it is a good thing to roll them over in your mind like an interesting stone in your hand, explore them. This leaves us open to all sorts of possibilities, and pretending we have no doubts or never speaking of them means they can’t be aired out or reconsidered in the light, and silencing them is isolating.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Easter Day, April 4, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Apr 4, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

Who writes a gospel with such a bleak and joyless ending? Where is the resurrection joy in going with the faithful Mary Magdalene, Mary, and Salome, if only to learn they said nothing to anyone because they were afraid? This is why no one likes using this gospel on Easter. Given this year’s choice between John and Mark, clergy will usually take John. Oddly this year many are choosing Mark, even our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry chose it this Easter. His frequent refrain in preaching this ‘trembling and bewildering’ version is “Hallelujah anyway!” to quote the old song. And I concur.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Good Friday, April 1, 2021

Posted by on Fri, Apr 2, 2021 in Holy Week, Sermons

We enjoy a great deal of scripture in Holy Week, and we use many words to pray, especially today. We do so because this is the fundamental and crucial story of Christianity. If we read only a few verses of the Passion we lose the power of it. If we learn and know only part, we as Christians are incomplete.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached March 28, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Mar 28, 2021 in Holy Week, Lent, Sermons

Not even a pandemic means skipping the depth and power of this most sacred and defining time, and we participate in any way we can. Many of you have palms at home today as part of the wonderful Holy Week kits Kelly and her crew prepared, and we still got to share in a marvelous Palm Sunday procession and then see each other in it this morning. Miraculously we even sang our Hosannas together, with Jason and the choir! Certainly, you disciples are not to be underestimated!

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached March 21, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Mar 21, 2021 in Lent, Sermons

This is one of my favorite passages in the gospels. Here Jesus explains what we know as “Good Friday” by pointing to Easter and showing it is possible only through enduring what comes before it, through experiencing our present trials as part of walking with him. He tells them that hour has come, and “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

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