Cathedral News, February 4, 2018


I am writing this on the eve of The Presentation. Tomorrow will mark five years a Priest for me. It has been and continues to be a pleasure to work at the Cathedral, but what I would like to talk about is transition. I’m sure that by now you’re just got tired of hearing that word, but this feast day has some really important wisdom to offer us about transition. For starters, this is one of the few times when we see a transition in Jesus’ own life.

We will see many transitions over the coming weeks in Jesus’ ministry. We will see Jesus make decisions that are difficult for us to think about making ourselves. We will watch as he moves from the ministry of teaching to set his face toward Jerusalem, what we see today is a very human family marking a milestone in their life together. Even in this very human moment, the divinity of Jesus is not very far away. The hopes and dreams of the entire cosmos press in on this family, even when Jesus barely a week old.

In our own transition, the Vestry has worked very hard to develop milestones so that you can keep track of their progress in selecting the next permanent dean. Those who are in charge of the transition work in the diocese at large have also been working hard to keep everyone updated on their progress in selecting the next bishop diocesan. It is certainly an exciting time to be where we are. It is easy to get caught up in waiting for the next milestone, but this reading reminds us that, just as the hopes and dreams of the world were breaking into the moment with Joseph and Mary, they will break into these processes.

Jesus came into a world full of frustrations. In his own life he came into contact with many people with many different perceptions of who was, and many different expectations for who he would be. He did not meet many of those expectations, but his followers would go on to change the face of the world.

We do not praise a god that remains distant from the streets of Albuquerque. We praise a god that cares deeply about us as a people, about the poor, about the sick, and about those who suffer. Because of all this, God will have much to say about what happens at the Cathedral in the next year. It will be our job to listen. It will be our job to remain faithful to our Baptismal Covenant. It will be our job, in the power of the Spirit, to change the world in our own day. It will be my job, alongside Father Dan, Father Chuck, and the Vestry, to make sure that the voices of all are represented.

It just so happens that some of us will have an opportunity to renew our Baptismal Covenant this Sunday, when we baptize my firstborn son. This is certainly an occasion of joy and hope for my family, and one that we are happy to share with our cathedral family. Let us all work in the coming year to greet each transition with hope and joy and love for one another.

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