Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Teamwork

Teamwork

January 28, 2019

January 27, 2019 |This Sunday the readings set before us have an overarching theme of ministry. First is Jesus' understanding of his ministry, articulated at its beginning when he opens the scroll and finds the words, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” This was a reference to the jubilee year, a year set aside once every five decades when land was returned to the poor and slaves were given back their freedom. This practice ensured that there was relative economic equality of both land and livelihood. This echoes the theme found in our passage from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 where the apostle Paul affirms that we are all joined together as different types of people with many different gifts.

Working together for the good of all and when we do everyone benefits. How have you experienced that truth?

God’s Abundance

God’s Abundance

January 26, 2019

January 20, 2019 | This week we join Jesus who takes the time to attend a wedding feast in the village of Cana with his mother Mary and his first few disciples. This wedding was steeped in Jewish tradition and ritual. One of the customs was providing an extravagant feast for the guests. Something, however, goes wrong at this wedding, because they run out of the wine far too early. In that culture, such a miscalculation would have been a great humiliation for the bride and groom.

Jesus is asked to fix this problem and turns to six stone jars used for ceremonial washing. He tells the servants to fill the jars with water. Here the first miraculous sign of Jesus is revealed as the water is turned into wine.

Called by Name

Called by Name

January 13, 2019

January 13, 2019 | This week as we hear the story of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, we pause to reflect on our own understanding of baptism and what it means. Jesus’ act of being baptized is the assurance of his commitment to partner with us and is the invitation for us to participate in the work of God’s reign. Then the promise of God’s Spirit to empower us and the gift of God’s living word to challenge, guide and strengthen us, assures that we have all the resources we need to participate in God’s work. In addition, the message of the Scriptures reminds us that even the outcast Samaritans were able to receive God’s Spirit, which is a call to embrace all people and to invite them to share in God’s work and to be empowered by God’s Spirit.

Following a Star

Following a Star

January 7, 2019

January 6, 2019 | The word "epiphany" means "to show forth".  Epiphanies, both large and small, tend to be private events - yet events with great significance for the public.  Trying to share the details with another of an epiphany is fraught with complications.  The words are never quite right and even the most sympathetic listener cannot fully bridge the gap between description and what is was like being there.  Most of us keep our personal experiences of the Holy to ourselves.  Who would believe it?  And who would really understand?  The irony is that epiphanies are made for sharing, even as they are impossible to communicate fully.

This is certainly the case of today’s extraordinary gospel story. Today the Church celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wisemen (magi) from the East.  These foreigners are Gentiles illustrating the universal breadth of the good news brought by the “king of the Jews.”  They are people of good will, open to God, ready to hear and follow the call of God.  They are people willing to follow a star, wherever it might lead.  Open and starry-eyes, they are romantic and lovable figures, pursing the truth and searching for a deep and abiding joy that the world cannot give.

If we are truly wise and follow as these wise astrologers did, the star and the journey will send us onwards, by newer paths, to come into the presence of the Child of Light and the Prince of Peace, who is the fulfillment of humanity's deepest hopes and desires for light, justice, love and peace.

Reflection

Reflection

January 1, 2019

December 31, 2018 |  A short reflection by Rev. Lorrie as we head into 2019.

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