• March 4, 2014 - 12:00 AM A Lenten Message From the Dean

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    We hear the voice that says to us, “You are dust and will return to dust.” The cycle of life makes clear that we come from and return to God. Do you hear that voice as foreboding – a warning only of judgments and endings? Or can you be open to listening for the themes and sounds of Lent as an offering of renewal – an opportunity to start over? In our mortality we acknowledge our need for God’s mercy. The special liturgy of Ash Wednesday reminds us that we are meant continually to be put in mind of God’s promises: if we repent and turn to that Love, we rediscover that God hates nothing that God has made. It is actually when we pull away from God and from each other, that God’s plan of salvation is undermined. May we this Lent see anew that God’s love surrounds us, and may our...

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  • January 6, 2014 - 12:00 AM An Epiphany Message from the Dean

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    God led those long ago Magi by a star. That was the Divine Way to manifest to the peoples of the earth that something new was happening – heaven breaking into the human condition, as God became one of us. Creation was made new as the divine and human kissed each other in Christ. The promise was not only that we would see that glory “face to face” in Jesus of Nazareth, but also that we could discover Christ in everyone, everywhere. Isaiah (60:1-6), before that birth, bid us to “Arise, shine,” because our light would come and the glory of the LORD would be upon us: For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift...

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  • December 24, 2013 - 12:00 AM A Christmas Greeting from the Dean

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    -Christina Rossetti, Time Flies: A Reading Diary, 1885 Welcome to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine as we celebrate Christmas! Across the ages we have been invited to listen to the sounds and to open our eyes to the signs of the Gift. We hear again Isaiah's prophecy: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.” (9:2). We receive anew the reassurance of those long-ago angels, as they say, “Do not be afraid.” We remember how The Holy Family responded, as well as others who allowed themselves to be uprooted so that they could follow the Star. Lest we allow the many voices that distract us and seem at times to drown out the message of God’s love to veer us off track, we r...

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  • December 1, 2013 - 12:00 AM A Message from the Dean: Advent Light

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    The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a land as dark as death a light has dawned. You have increased their joy and given them gladness; They rejoice in your presence as those who rejoice at harvest, as warriors exult when dividing spoil. Because life is not fair, bad things can happen to good people. So it is not very hard to become angry and bitter. Even a good run of luck can strangely lead to periods of arrogance as we may feel that we actually are so special that we’re entitled to the great things that happen to “come our way.” It’s not just that “pride comes before the fall” as so many traditions teach in different ways. Perhaps even more importantly, we can become as isolated in success as in failure, as cut off from others in...

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