Homily for Sunday, August 13, 2017
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Preached by Fr. Todd Miller at St. John’s, Newtonville
Rembrandt’s (1606-1669) “Calming the Storm”
Our Gospels tell two different stories about Jesus and stormy seas. In the one, Jesus is in the boat, asleep in the stern, and the disciples wake him and he calms the storm. On this text (e.g., Matthew 8:23-27
) Augustine preached a famous sermon: As Christ was in the boat, says Augustine, so is Christ within each of us. And as was the sea made stormy by winds, so is our inner sea made stormy by temptation. To know calm, says Augustine, we must call out and awake the Christ within: “Rouse him up… call Christ to mind, let Christ awake in you.” Continue reading
Homily preached by the Rev. James La Macchia
Saint John’s Church,Newtonville
August 6, 2017
The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
2 Peter 1:13-21
The Transfiguration, by Fra Angelico, 1442
My friends: Of the many “signs and wonders” reported in the canonical Gospels, the story of the Jesus’ “Transfiguration,” recounted by Saint Luke in today’s Gospel, is probably the one most outside our ordinary human experience. Our imaginations can at least grasp changing water into wine; walking on water; healing the sick; even raising the dead. But what in the world are we to make of this strange and curious event on the height of Mount Tabor in first-century Galilee? The New Testament Greek word for “transfiguration” is “metamorphosis,” a visible change in the outward appearance of a body, and its morphing into something else. Continue reading
Here are some photos from our climb over the Berkshires. We took Rt 2 through Williamstown and Greenfield. Below are the view from the “hairpin” between Williamstown and Greenfield, and then at the top of the pass in Florida (the town in MA, not the state). The ride down along the Savoy River valley was as beautiful as it was exhilarating.
On Wednesday, we arrived home! Thanks to all who have followed our little pilgrimage. Hope you enjoyed our trek around the Great Lakes.
Shaw and I just crossed over into Williamstown, Massachusetts yesterday (Sunday)! Below are photos from our weekend rides: lock #8 on the Erie Canal in Schenectady; in Rome, New York on Saturday morning; at the top of Petersburg Pass with Massachusetts and the Berkshires in the background; looking back into New York State from the top of Petersburg Pass. We should be back in Newton soon!
Last Sighting: Rochester, NY
Below are photos from our ride over the Canadian side of Lake Erie: Our campsite overlooking Lake Erie last Friday, July 7. Lilies growing wild along the road – there were lots of these lilies along roads north of Lake Erie! Buffalo, NY, from the Canadian side. Traffic on the Peace Bridge leading to the border checkpoint at Buffalo; this checkpoint goes much more quickly on a bicycle.
Last spotted at Ossineke State Forest
I write to update you on how the trip is going. We are currently (Monday, July 3) camped at Ossineke State Forest south of Alpena, Michigan, on the Huron coast. After several weeks of rain, the forecast for this week is beautiful: cool, sunny, and very little rain. We took a day off on Saturday (June 30), and our host for the evening took us sailing on Little Traverse Bay (top photo). Shaw, who learned to sail at Community Boating at the Charles River basin, put his skills to good use on a gusty day, helping our host guide her 28 foot boat around the bay. Continue reading
Last Known Sighting: Petoskey, MI
Below is a photo of some of the many cows we saw in Wisconsin. It is the “dairy state” after all. These curious ladies wanted over to us when we were at the side of the road putting on rain gear. Continue reading