“Salt of the Earth”

“Salt of the Earth”   “Ye are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13,14)     Salt. Sodium chloride. The compound found in seawater and sweat, searched out in mines and separated through sunshine. From ancient times, salt has been used to flavor food and, until refrigeration, to preserve it; bacteria cannot thrive in high […]

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The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple

This morning we celebrate the presentation of the infant Christ at the temple in Jerusalem.  It’s one of the oldest feasts in the Christian calendar.  The first known account of this feast comes from a pilgrim, named Aetheria, who recounts its celebration on her travels to the Holy Land in the 4th century.   She […]

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“Zebulon and Naphtali”

“Zebulon and Naphtali”   “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” (Matthew 4:16)   Zeb’ulon and Naph’talī. Names which seem to come to us from “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Place names […]

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The First Sunday after the Epiphany

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.   I am sure most of us remember the story of Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus.  Two of Jesus’ followers are traveling to the village, and somberly reflecting on the events surrounding his crucifixion.  As they discuss these […]

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The Displaced

 Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree, Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes – Some have got broken – and carrying them up to the attic. The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt, And the children got ready for school.[1]   With these lines the […]

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