The Feast of Christ the King today is the final Sunday of the Christian year: Advent begins next Sunday. This is also my last day of association with Saint Matthew’s Church in Sand Springs, my last day of service as priest here, my last Mass. I am entering full retirement from active ministry. So this is a time of endings and also anticipation of new beginnings. Today we speak of Christ as our King, one who rules in our hearts and lives. That would have been a strange image for first century followers, for whom kings were all-powerful personages whose focus was on building personalRead More →

In today’s Gospel reading, a man plans an extensive voyage abroad. This is long before there was an Edward D. Jones on every corner. So he turns to his servants. To one he commits five talents, to another two, and the third, one. Now the talent was a lot of money, literally years worth of income for the average worker, so these are big investments. In the Master’s absence, the first two double the money, while the third servant is afraid and buries the talent. When the man returns after many years, he praises the first two and invites them to rejoice with him, butRead More →

The homily for today’s Mass is being given by the Reverend Canon Eric Cooter, so I do not have a sermon to blog today. Father Cooter is Canon (assistant) to our new bishop, The Right Reverend Poulson Reed. I know you will enjoy his message today; access it on You Tube from 10:45 CST. Locate us under stmatthews.sandsprings on that media outlet. Blessings!Read More →

Today we celebrate all the saints of God: those of who, like all Christians, are called to be holy, as well as those Saints of the calendar remembered as exceptional examples of holiness and held up as Christian models and our heavenly prayer partners. In our sacred languages, the words for holy or saint are instructive, and I will submit that each shows a different shade of what we are called to be. The Latin sanctus indicates being called out and separated, being a cut above. The Hebrew kadosh implies doing what is right. And the Greek agios, suggests a vision of health, wholeness, andRead More →