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The Rev. Canon Michael Rusk

Walking on Water

Matthew 14:22-33

9th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 10, 2014

The Rev. Canon Michael Rusk (TEC)


It is the kind of comment you hear in any shopping mall: 'You go on ahead: I'll catch up with you later.' But in this case it was different. These were the words of Jesus and he was sending his disciples off across the Sea of Galilee in a boat. 'You go on ahead: I'll catch up with you later.' They did what he said, but there must have been questions running through their minds: Exactly how and when was Jesus going to catch up with them later? After all it was getting late, and there was the small matter of getting a crowd of five thousand people to disperse. It was a strange experience for those disciples that night: crowded together in a flimsy boat, in the dark with an adverse wind that defied all their straining efforts. It was a kind of time of pointless human effort, of chaos, when that combination of water and wind was at its most infuriating.

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The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell

The Light Within All Life

Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany of the Lord - Year C

January 06, 2013

The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell (other)

Today in many parts of the Christian household we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany and we hear this passage from Matthew's Gospel--the story of wise men from the East searching out and finding the Christ Child. The word 'epiphany' simply means 'showing' or 'shining forth.' Divine light shines forth from this Child. But it should not so much be understood as the appearance of God as the transparence of God. The divine light that shines in the Child is not a foreign light to the earth. It is the Light at the heart of all life. It is the Light from which all things come. If somehow this Light were extracted from the universe, everything would cease to exist. So this is a story about the Light at the heart of everything, the Light at the heart of you, the Light at the heart of me.

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