Training in Love

Homily for Sunday, August 13, 2017
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 14:22-33

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

Getting Warmer: Thoughts on Climate Change

Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by David Roberts

We’ve been here before.  No, we Christians haven’t been on our planet with the air and oceans as warm as they are now.  Nor have any of us alive seen such occurrences of heavy rain and drought as we currently have.  Neither have we Christians been on our earth with such high concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.  These conditions are all unprecedented.  Where we Christians have been is in a “period of anguish in which there was no sense of an assured future,” as historian Barbara Tuchman put it.   And we’ve been there not just in the 14th century, about which Tuchman wrote, but in a much earlier time.   And for our Hebrew forbears in the faith, this time must have seemed the end of the world as they knew it. Continue reading