Category archives: Cathedral News

  • In this week's Gospel, we hear the Lucan version of the Lord's Prayer. While many of us are more familiar with the Matthean version (the one that actually starts “Our Father”), Luke's version is considered by many to be older and thus closer to the actual words of Jesus. Let's assume this to be true... [read more]
  • It will come as no surprise to many who know me that I identify with Martha in this story. Rather than extolling one sister over another, I tend to see this moment between Jesus and his friends as being more about the tendencies present within each one of us. I am a do-er. I have always struggled... [read more]
  • So, given that I am the Canon for Outreach and Formation, I feel that I would be remiss if I were to spend this time writing about anything other than the concept of “neighbor”. In Old Testament times, the Hebrew word for “neighbor” had a meaning that embraced not only those with whom you shared kin... [read more]
  • In our lesson this Sunday the followers of Jesus grow in an exponential way. The call of Jesus Christ to proclaim the kingdom of God no longer rests on the shoulders of a small band of fishermen and tax collectors. An additional 70 people are brought into the faith to spread it to the ends of the ea... [read more]
  • Have you ever wanted to finally set someone straight? Perhaps you have an acquaintance, an annoying coworker, a clueless friend, or an intolerable family member. Perhaps your frustration runs more toward the serious. Are you perpetually flummoxed by a political party, a special interest group, or a ... [read more]
  • This past Sunday, the Cathedral remembered the victims of the Orlando attack, and all victims of gun violence, using a beautiful litany written by the Rev. Michael Barlow. Forty-nine candles were lighted in memory of those killed in Orlando. We continue to pray for an end to the tragedy of innocent ... [read more]
  • It may not immediately occur to us that Jesus’ mention of the cross in the Gospels would have been anachronistic to his disciples. They had not yet endured their Lord being crucified. It should be no surprise to us, then, that when he does mention the “cross” or crucifixion they seem somewhat astoun... [read more]
  • From the Canon Someone once quipped to me, in a mostly tongue-in-cheek fashion, “Ordinary Time? It’s more like ‘bored-inary’ time.” I suppose it is a sentiment that requires little, if any, explanation. There is an unfortunate correspondence between Ordinary Time, the summer school recess, family... [read more]
  • As you know, Canon Daniel Gutierrez, until recently the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, has been elected as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Daniel has been a good friend of the Cathedral over the years; he has participated in our liturgical life and has shared... [read more]
  • Remembering is an important part of the human experience. We are able to reach into our past and remember times of joy with family and friends. There are memories of places that we’ve lived, and important conversations with important people in our lives. As we are taught the history of our state, co... [read more]
  • Liturgical observances on Sundays throughout the Church Year fall into four categories. There are those Sundays that are directly connected with a specific season, such as Lent or Advent. that emphasize a particular spiritual practice. Lent focuses on renewal and repentance; Advent leads us to a dee... [read more]