Love God and Do What You Want – Br. James Koester

Br. James Koester

Acts 14: 19 – 28
Psalm145: 9 – 14
John 14: 27 – 31a

When I was 7 or 8 I made a book of coupons for my mother, which I presented to her on Mother’s Day. Each coupon was good for something different. One was for taking out the garbage. Another was good for breakfast in bed. I don’t remember what the other ones were good for, but the idea was that she would take out one of the coupons, return it to me and I would do whatever the coupon was good for. Curiously, she never used them. I found the coupon book years later among her things. My hunch is that my book of coupons said more to my mother than any number of breakfasts in bed.

Each of us have different ways of showing love. We might be one of those people completely comfortable telling another I love you. Or we might be one of those whose love for another is shown, not so much in words as in deeds: flowers, acts of kindness or generosity, thoughtful gestures, small favours. That may be the way we show love. Read More

What it means to be catholic – Br. Mark Brown

Br. Mark BrownActs 14:19-28
Psalm 145:9-14
John 14:25-31a

I was thinking about apologizing for the topic of my sermon this evening, but I’ve changed my mind.  The image that comes to mind is a dog chasing after a freight train, and what the dog would do if it actually caught the train. At best, the dog might end up chewing on some small part of the train he could sink his teeth into, say, like a dangling rope.  But he would probably be oblivious to the sheer magnitude of the unchewable.  I had thought to make excuses, but then I thought, well, no: it’s always like that.  Every sermon is a bit like a dog trying to catch and sink its teeth into something far too big. Preachers can be good at creating the illusion of certainty or clarity or comprehensiveness. But such illusions should be met with a certain amount of skepticism. So, I’ll carry on. Read More