Trinitarian Soundings

Singing Songs of Love

It is the music that makes Advent and Christmastide so memorable for me. Of course, I like the fragrance of candles, things baking in the kitchen (little of which I produce), and… Read more »

Weeping, Sowing, and Rejoicing

During this Advent season I am focusing on the Psalms that are selected to accompany the other seasonal readings of Year B. Psalm 126 is one of my favorites, for it has… Read more »

The Nearness of Salvation

Psalm 85 offers lyrical language that seeks to express how good things can be when God puts the world to rights. Forgiveness, the nearness of salvation, and the descending of God’s own… Read more »

The Shining of God

Advent is near, and hope, peace, joy, and love are eager to be born in us. We live our lives in a holy rhythm, often unknowingly, and this season is about seeing… Read more »

A Hidden Reign

We are progressing to the culmination of the Christian Year. We have moved through the seasons of Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Eastertide, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time, which have ordered our days and… Read more »

Respecting the Lived Religion of Others

Religious pluralism is the reality of our time; indeed, the world has always contained persons of widely varied religious experience. Because of differing historical and geographical circumstances, people have found different pathways… Read more »

Preparing for the Coming

The Gospel of Matthew devotes several chapters to Jesus’ prophecies and warnings about the coming Reign of God. In this coming week’s Gospel reading (Matthew 25:1-13), there is an amusing story of… Read more »

Remembering the Saints

A cluster of important days crowds the liturgical calendar in late October and early November.  We will celebrate All Hallows Eve, All Saints, and All Souls during this week, and it is… Read more »

Loving God through Worship

The recent lectionary readings from Matthew narrate Jesus’ encounters with those who would “test” him.  Religious leaders want to know about competing claims; how does one live in the empire yet serve… Read more »

Opening the Heart for the City

As a child, New York City seemed to be “the uttermost parts of the world.” Textbook pictures of the Empire State Building, Times Square, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty confirmed… Read more »