Today’s gospel reveals healing through mud. Through mud a blind man came to see. Jesus saw a man blind from birth. “Jesus spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent).
Holy God, with You is the water that gushes up to eternal life. Guide us to the spring of Your unfailing grace, and teach us to make the way known to all who yearn for Your love. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be always acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.
The Rev. Benjamin Straley - March 15, 2020
Some Lenten practices become a part of who we are beyond Lent. That's the hope for us—that our fast becomes part of the fabric of our lives, whether we take on a new discipline or give up something. Several years ago I received an email entitled "Experience Lent" with a list of seven fasting practices to consider embracing during Lent.
It was Jesus of Nazareth all right, the man they’d tramped many a dusty mile with, whose mother and brothers they knew, the one they’d seen as hungry, tired, footsore as the rest of them. But it was also the Messiah, the Christ, in his glory. It was the holiness of the man shining through his humanness, his face so afire with it they were almost blinded.
The Rev. Benjamin Straley - February 16, 2020
The Rev. Benjamin Straley - February 9, 2020
Steve Biko was a well-known anti-apartheid leader, an Anglican and a leading proponent of ‘black consciousness.’ In 1977, while he was in the custody of the South African police, he was brutally tortured and murdered. His death became the rallying point for many in the freedom struggle.
The Rev. Benjamin Straley - January 26, 2020
In 1871 a Unitarian minister named Theodore Parker, spoke out with words that have echoed to this day. He spoke in opposition to the rising calls for segregation in the post-war South. Parker said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but that same Christ arose and split history into A.D. and B.C., so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name.”