Cathedral clergy offer a meditation each day during Lent.
Dean Randy Hollerith: Our God desires nothing more than to give us the home we crave, the love we need, the purpose we desire.
The Rev. Patrick Keyser: Jesus teaches us that we must choose to take up our cross every day. Discipleship is an ongoing, life-long process of growth.
The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan: One of the hardest parts of self-examination is admitting that we are sinners.
The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope: Isaiah challenged his community, and his oracle continues to challenge us, to be repairers of the breach.
Dean Randy Hollerith: We may never find ourselves alone in the Judean wilderness. We may never hear the devil’s voice in our ear. But this story is our story. It is the human story.
The Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello: I am to see them as God sees them. Embrace them as God embraces them. Love them as God loves them.
The Rev. Melissa Hollerith: We may feel that our Lord is far away when we are broken-hearted, but I prefer to think that our pain for the moment doesn’t allow us to sense our Lord’s presence.
The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.: As our lives are transformed through our faith, we should always be mindful of the ability we have been given to make a difference in the lives of those we meet every day.
The Rev. Patrick Keyser: I must confess to you that I struggle to ask for help. I usually attribute it to a relatively harmless but strong sense of independence and desire for self-sufficiency.
The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan: I don’t know about you, but there have been things I’ve done, and more often things I’ve left undone, that have resulted in my feeling that I have failed in who God has called me to be.
The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope: My own experience bears witness to the fact that naming and blaming “enemies” is life depleting, not life giving.
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith: This lesson today is a reminder to all of us to ask ourselves – what kind of faith do I have?
The Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello: Now is the time to let our imaginations run wild in lavish generosity of spirit and esteem.
The Rev. Melissa Hollerith: Those are the best prayers in my opinion- when we stop long enough to gaze in God’s direction.
The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.: Before we seek to be mountain movers, today we must first increase our faith.
The Rev. Patrick Keyser: Jesus invites us to draw near in love and service to those in need. Yet at the same time Jesus reminds us that we, too, are poor and suffering in our way.
The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan: Growing up, I used to lament that I had no siblings. But after reading our passage from Genesis, perhaps it wasn’t so bad being an only child.
The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope: The parable of the prodigal son is one of my favorites because I can always see myself in the story and profit from what Jesus continues to teach me.
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith: Loving our neighbor means not only loving those with whom we are comfortable, with whom we have something in common.
The Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello: Imagine instead that you are Naaman, parking your entourage outside of Elisha’s house and asking to be healed. Small gestures—a phone call, a vase of tulips, a walk—can get you through these times.
The Rev. Melissa Hollerith: Forgiveness is a process, and for those of us who want it to be logical and to be justified, it is difficult to realize it never will be like that with God.
The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.: Our walk of faith calls us to make a commitment to growing, learning, changing and ultimately transforming.
The Rev. Patrick Keyser: We are in the midst of exceptionally unique and challenging times. For many of us we are spending much more time at home than we are accustomed to. Sometimes that might feel like a blessing and other times it might feel maddening.
The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan: As Christians, we need to reach out in tangible ways to let our neighbors know that they are loved, and part of loving our neighbors is reminding them they are not alone. We are in this together.
The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope: Regardless of whether you are on the front lines or in some form of home shelter or medical care, prayer is an essential means through which we stay connected to God and one another.
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith: The God of love found in Jesus Christ that I know does not make people sick, or blind, or bankrupt. Our God does not cause suffering. Life does.
The Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello: The virus is invisible to our eyes. Then again, so is faith, and everything faith points to.
The Rev. Melissa Hollerith: The world has advanced in so many ways, but the range of emotions that human beings experience has been the same for thousands and thousands of years.
The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.: The reading of today’s verses of the Psalm helps us to look at the present moment and find comfort, hope and strength that can carry us into the days and moments ahead.
The Rev. Patrick Keyser: As we wander through the unknown of this wilderness, we must always remember the goodness and faithfulness of God.
The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan: This is not the first time people of faith have had to face difficult or frightening times, nor will it be the last. But the way forward is to know that God delivers us from our fears and gives comfort to those overwhelmed with the challenges of the time in which we live.
The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope: Now seems an ideal time to drink deeply of the living waters Jesus offers to us.
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith: I can see glimpses of this grace all around me, little things that serve to remind me that love in fact does win in the end. Yes, we are living in a valley of dry bones, but new life is coming, and we need not fear.
The Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello: As we get closer to Holy Week, I hope you will not be sideswiped or overcome by the incessant noise, worry and disruption generated by the virus. Take a moment to reconnect with this Lenten season.
The Rev. Melissa Hollerith: Moments like the one we are in now offer us the unexpected gift of time for contemplation and reflection, and along with that, the chance for realignment if need be.
The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.: Today is a good day to look around, to listen again in order that we may see what we have not seen, hear what we have not heard and be thankful for the Grace we have been given.
The Rev. Patrick Keyser: This covenant with Abraham reminds us that God is not distant and disinterested in the affairs of our lives but desires to be intimately involved in the reality of our human existence.
The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan: Today may we pray for ourselves and one another that we will strive to always place our trust in the God who loves us more than we can ask or imagine!
The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope: One of the shadow sides of power is our need to be in control. During this uncertain time of the pandemic, we are anything but in control!
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith: In spite of our weaknesses, in spite of our failures, in spite of our raging inabilities, he loves us. And he says – I will do for you what you cannot do for yourselves. I will lead you back to God.
The Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello: Yet it is not the visuals of this gathering that stay with me. It’s the redolence—the fragrance of the perfume that I wish I could smell.
The Rev. Melissa Hollerith: When emotions overwhelm us, rather than turn over a table, go for a walk or a bike ride. Practice yoga or meditation. And know that our Lord has traveled that same road.
The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.: Throughout these days, time and time again I have asked myself “Will anything be different on the other side of this?”
The Rev. Patrick Keyser: Jesus does not offer this commandment as some sort of abstract and theoretical call to love but instead embodies that love and shows us how to live it out in an action simple yet profound.
The Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan: If we can take anything away from our journey together with COVID-19 over these many weeks, it is the fact that we are one human family that shares the same vulnerabilities and fears, joys and sorrows.
The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope: On Holy Saturday, we find ourselves in that liminal space between the already but not yet. Jesus has been crucified in a horrific, public, and undeniable way. He is dead beyond a shadow of a doubt, but what about his promise that he would rise again?
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith: Do you know my favorite part of the Easter story? It isn’t the empty tomb, or the sight of the risen Christ. No, my favorite part of the Easter story is what Jesus says to his friends after he encounters them at the tomb.