January 2021

After Me Will Come One Mightier Than I

1st Sunday After Epiphany, January 10, 2021- Mark 1:4-11- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - This first Sunday following Epiphany has me thinking a lot about John the Baptist as the necessary forerunner to Christ, crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” (Mark 1:3) Most likely, John did not see… Continue reading After Me Will Come One Mightier Than I

December 2020

Who Are You, and Why Are You Here?

3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020- John 1:6-8, 19-28- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Who are you? We can understand the inquisitive nature of those sent by the Pharisees wondering if John the Baptist were the Christ or Elijah or a prophetic voice their scriptures had anticipated would precede the coming of… Continue reading Who Are You, and Why Are You Here?

February 2020

Transfigured on God’s Holy Mountain

7th Sunday after Epiphany, February 23, 2020- Exodus 24:12-18, Matthew 17:1-9- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Throughout the gospels we find numerous occasions where Jesus instructed his followers to tell no one about the miraculous events they experienced in his presence. One occasion seems comical where, after healing a man of his deafness… Continue reading Transfigured on God’s Holy Mountain

September 2019

A Great Chasm Between Us

16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 29, 2019 - Luke 16:19-31 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The story Jesus tells concerning a rich man and Lazarus comes at the end of a series of stories about wealthy people, including the story about a rich person who attends a banquet and sits in the… Continue reading A Great Chasm Between Us

June 2019

Marching as to War

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - June 30, 2019 - 1st Kings 19:15-16, 19-21, Luke 9:51-62 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - On this Sunday before July 4th, we naturally think of and sing songs associated with this special day, such as The Star-Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle, and God Bless America. You may therefore… Continue reading Marching as to War