Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
The Power of Love

The Power of Love

November 27, 2020

This week we hear Jesus’ parable of the “sheep and the goats” from Matthew‘s gospel. A  parable reminding us of our role in caring for the vulnerable, for when we do we are implicitly caring for God. God feels the pain of the vulnerable and the joy of their restoration to wholeness

The reminder today is straightforward, it seems to me. We will encounter Jesus in the ‘least of these’ — in the hungry and the thirsty. In the stranger and the naked and the sick and those in prison. Oh no, our faith is not only of the mind and of the heart, but is also for the hands and the feet. We live our faith in what we do. In those moments we become the face of Christ for another and in our times of need they become that for us. 

 

Think of a time when you were confronted with great need.  How were  you able to see Jesus then?  How did you respond?

Differently Gifted

Differently Gifted

November 21, 2020

This week is Jesus’ parable of the talents found in Matthew‘s gospel. It is about the ways we use our gifts and resources. The Master congratulates and rewards the business savvy of two servants, while punishing the servant who holds onto his allotment, fearful of risk-taking. There  is no need to punish judgment, and perhaps the third servant doesn’t deserve the rebuke he receives. Still, the times call out for risk-taking, that is, trusting God with the future and acting creatively and responsibly. Adventure can be risky but it can also be rewarding, opening to us new gifts and horizons of possibility.

 

Today‘s reading begs the questions: What prudent risks do we need to take as individuals and as a congregation? What would happen if we were awake to events and energies emerging in our current situation? It challenges us to speak out on behalf of the vulnerable, even if this may involve a degree of risk.

A Time of Decision

A Time of Decision

November 14, 2020
This week we read the saga of the bridesmaids from Matthew’s gospel. The tradition required the bridegroom to arrive at the home of the bride’s family, claim the bride, and take her to his own house. 

 

Waiting for the bridegroom meant being prepared, not merely passing time. In this parable, some bridesmaids neglected their oil lamps. A trimmed wick ensured maximum light and minimum smoke. Having lamps that once burned well did not mean that they would burn well again. Constant attention to the lamps ensured the light would be available when required. 

 

In Bible times, oil was associated with anointing and indicated the presence of God’s Spirit with a person. Oil also was a metaphor for God’s presence, displayed in one’s compassion and acts of love and mercy. The gospel of Matthew strives to keep the community of disciples grounded in Christ. The parable speaks to being ready whenever God’s reign comes in its fullness. God’s life is birthed in each person. Each person is responsible to tend the light of God’s life within – one person cannot pass her or his inner spiritual strength to another. 

Life, Hope and Truth

Life, Hope and Truth

November 6, 2020

This week we hear a reading from the gospel of Matthew known as the Beatitudes or the Sermon on the Mount. It is here that Jesus Microsoft Word - Nov 1 2020 Newsletter v1

shares the attitudes of how to live life knowing that even in the midst of troubles we will be blessed in God’s grace. Sometimes it is about accomplishing a worthwhile goal, even a private, personal victory. Sometimes it is about improving one’s character. Sometimes it is best defined by living into one’s own personal mission, or finding a meaningful purpose to organize one’s life around. And sometimes it is about learning how to live in peace, happiness, generosity and love.

Someone put it like this: "I spent my life frantically climbing the ladder of success. When I got to the top I realized it was leaning against the wrong building. Even if she got to the top first, it made no difference. There is no merit in being first to arrive at the wrong place in life. Any life going after the things that count, will count as a life well spent.” 

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