Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
No Doubt About It

No Doubt About It

April 30, 2019

This week we hear the story of Thomas from John’s gospel. This has always been one of my favourites. Of course, it’s not just a story about Thomas. It’s also a story about frightened disciples. So scared, in fact, that they hid behind locked doors. And who can blame them? They had just witnessed the one they confessed to be the Messiah betrayed by one of his own, tried and convicted by both religious and civil authorities  and then brutally executed. Little wonder they were afraid, assuming that the next step would be to round up Jesus’ followers. But when Jesus comes on the scene, their fear falls away and is replaced by joy.

This, I think, is the way we assume faith should work. Yes, perhaps you’ve got doubts and questions and fears, but then God arrives and those all fall away, replaced by joy and wonder and, of course, unshakeable faith.

But that’s not the way it works with Thomas. He doubts. He questions. He disbelieves. He’s not satisfied with second-hand reports and wants to see for himself. And again I would say, who can blame him? He was, after all, one of those who saw his Lord and friend mistreated, beaten and then crucified and has probably spent the last few days pulling the broken pieces of his life back together and trying to figure out what to do next.

Thomas finally comes to faith when he first has the chance to voice his doubt and questions and then experiences Jesus for himself. Perhaps the opportunity before us this week is provide the same opportunities for the many Thomases in our world today.

Joy Comes in the Morning

Joy Comes in the Morning

April 24, 2019

April 21, 2019 | This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! This is the heart of the Easter proclamation – God has made this new day, this wonderful life-giving day and rejoicing is the only appropriate response. God’s doing a new thing, the divine creativity brings forth new life with every new day, and that creates life where death appeared triumphant. It may seem like a “idle tale” to skeptics but to those who have experienced resurrection this “tale” witnesses to life bursting forth in the face of death.

It seems Peter believes the women enough that he must check the tomb out for himself. What must have been going through his head and his heart as he got closer?

I imagine his heart was pounding with hope, regret, grief and fear as he ran to the tomb. Perhaps that is why he, unlike the women, didn’t go in - he just stooped and looked in. Perhaps it was now light enough to not need to go in order to see. Perhaps by Jewish custom he was avoiding the uncleanness of the place of the dead.

Whatever the reason, stooping and seeing was enough. He saw the linen cloths by themselves
and for him that was enough. Maybe he thought anyone stealing the body wouldn’t have gone
to the trouble of taking off the clothes and leaving them behind. Whatever he saw and whatever
reasoning he used - he went home amazed at what had happened.

Good Friday
No Ordinary Parade

No Ordinary Parade

April 15, 2019

April 14, 2019 | On this Palm Sunday we hear about Jesus’ humble entry into Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a conquered city that was living under foreign and oppressive rule yet has a king enter in humbly on a donkey instead of a horse — signifying peace not war. Jesus enters through a gate called Bab el Rahmeh – The Mercy Gate (which years on was sealed shut so no king or false messiah could enter in through it).

When Jesus entered he is greeted by people laying down palm leaves at his feet, signifying praise and honour to the Jewish people. Then, he goes into ‘the heart of the city’, a broken temple, where he overturns tables and drives out those using extortion to keep people from freely worshipping God.

And it’s only the start of the week…Make way for the King!

An Act of Love

An Act of Love

April 10, 2019

April 7, 2019 | In our gospel reading this week from John it begins: “Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  There they gave a dinner for him.”  This was more than just a meal though, it was a celebration and time of great rejoicing.

And in the midst of all the hoopla, Mary does an extraordinary, extravagant, celebratory thing.  She takes a pound of “pure nard,” a very expensive and aromatic perfume, and anoints Jesus’ feet with it.

It was an over-the-top act – but it was an over-the-top sort of day celebrating an over-the-top miracle. So Mary gave the precious perfume to show her gratitude. Of course she was criticized.  Nobody ever does anything outside the norm without being criticized or at least questioned.

We are invited to join with Mary in being extravagantly grateful and generous to the Jesus who died for us, the Jesus who lives in our hearts, the Jesus who lives in our midst.

It’s Not Fair

It’s Not Fair

April 4, 2019

March 31, 2019 | This week we hear a reading from Luke’s gospel that virtually every adult has heard, the prodigal son. We all know a family – or are a part of a family – whose child has gone astray. We all know the “lost child” or “black sheep” of the family whose relatives speak of them in whispers and with a sense of judgment. We know the embarrassment some families feel about a sibling or child who has gone astray. There’s a mixture of feelings – anger, hopelessness, worry, helplessness and denial. This is true now and was true in Jesus’ time.

Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son in response to an angry and judgmental audience who were certain of the scope of divine salvation and those whom God has abandoned or should abandon. So sure of their righteousness, they build a barrier between themselves and the sinners in their midst. In response to the criticism of Jesus’ welcome of outsiders, sinners and persons deemed unclean, Jesus tells the story of two lost sons and a loving parent as part of a holy trinity of parables describing God’s care for the lost. That’s God! God never gives up no matter how unfair it may seem to the rest of us!

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