Soundings

Want to learn more from different perspectives about our lessons? Soundings is a an opportunity for our Clergy to provide different insights into our readings and scripture. You may not always agree with the Clergy's interpretations. But that is why Soundings was created. To invite thoughtful discussion. You are welcome to email the author of each article to provide your comments. Welcome to Soundings!

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

By Father David Fisher

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Despite the value of mustard seeds for flavor and medicinal purposes, it is not something you want in your garden. Think mint on steroids. It does grow into a fairly large bush, maybe four feet tall, and will spread quickly to every horizon. And what would you do with all that mustard plant? If you have ever cooked mustard greens, you will know that a little bit goes a long way. It has a horseradish kick, and you are not going to eat like you would potatoes or tomatoes. Mustard, in the Middle East, is a weed growing on the hillside, filling in the untamed and agriculturally undesirable spots. )

John Dominic Crossan, commenting on the parable of the mustard seed, observes that “The point is not just that the mustard plant starts as a proverbially small seed and grows into a shrub of three, four, or five feet in height. It is that it tends to take over where it is not wanted, that it tends to get out of control, and that it tends to attract birds within cultivated areas, where they are not particularly desired. And that, said Jesus, is what the Kingdom of God was like. Like a pungent shrub with dangerous take-over properties.” (Jesus A Revolutionary Biography, page 65).

A House Divided

By Father David Fisher

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And Jesus said “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”
In the USA today, we face a crisis in imagination.
Divided as we are, we are unable to imagine ourselves as one nation under God nor to imagine those we fear or hate as neighbors to be loved.
Divided as we are, we are unable to imagine a solution to our
discontent that reaches out in love toward the stranger, rather
than using force - force of ballots, force of argument, and
in the end, force of arms – to destroy our enemies.
We refuse to recognize our oneness as creatures of a loving God.
fashioned in His likeness.

Read more: A House Divided

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

By Father David Fisher

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O Come, O Holy Spirit, come!
Come as holy fire and burn in us,
Come as holy wind and cleanse us,
Come as holy light and lead us,
Come as holy truth and teach us,
Come as holy forgiveness and free us,
Come as holy love and enfold us,
Come as holy power and enable us,
Come as holy life and dwell in us.
Come, Holy Spirit, and increase in us your gifts of grace
Convict us, convert us,
Consecrate us, until we are wholly yours
And Transform us into the image of Christ. Amen