Peniel–25th Anniversary Issue

August 31st, 2019 By punkpriest

T TRANSFORMED BY DREAMS     Edith Stein, a Carmelite nun martyred at Auschwitz,  imagined the ladder of Jacob’s dream, with its ascending and descending angels, as both an invitation and a gift. We ascend to God, while at the same time, God’s grace descends to us. It is a mystical ladder, a path to God, “a […]

River of Fire by Helen Prejean

August 29th, 2019 By punkpriest

A  Reflection on River of Fire By Sr. Helen Prejean     The Hero’s Journey is a classic story structure that’s shared by stories worldwide. Coined by academic Joseph Campbell in 1949, it refers to a wide-ranging category of tales in which a character ventures out to get what they need, faces conflict, and ultimately triumphs over […]

Remembering Shadow

August 29th, 2019 By punkpriest

Standing in the Truth The Passion of John the Baptist Remembering “Shadow” Mark 6:17-29 Today’s opening Collect describes John the Baptist as a “martyr for truth and justice.”  Truth/Justice/Mercy-John the Baptist held up that conversion can be uncomfortable, to turn from self-centeredness, self-love, division, to love and care for each person is tough and scary, […]

Remember the Poor, It Costs Nothing

August 27th, 2019 By punkpriest

“Remember the Poor, It Cost’s Nothing” Josh Billings Matthew 23:23-26 The Message (MSG) 23-24 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave […]

Remember the Poor, It Costs Nothing!

August 27th, 2019 By punkpriest

“Remember the Poor, It Cost’s Nothing” Josh Billings Matthew 23:23-26 The Message (MSG) 23-24 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave […]

Enter Through the Narrow Gate

August 24th, 2019 By punkpriest

Enter Through the Narrow Gate “He passed through towns and villages teaching as he went and making his making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord will only a few be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not […]

A Riff of Love: Notes on Community and Belonging

August 20th, 2019 By punkpriest

A Riff of Love: Notes on Community and Belonging by Greg Jarrell–A Reflection. Matthew 20:1-16 English Standard Version (ESV) Laborers in the Vineyard 20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a […]

Grace Revealed: Finding God’s Strength

August 19th, 2019 By punkpriest

Grace Revealed: Finding God’s Strength in Any Crisis Fred Sievert–a Book Review Judges 2:11-19; Matthew 19:16-22 Judges is a book we do not hear of very often, only six times a year in the lectionary; It is a book about the results of not following God. The Israelite’s sin, follow false God’s and live in […]

Stuck

August 17th, 2019 By punkpriest

Stuck Jeremiah 38: 1-6; 8-10 6: There was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud………….    11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to the house of the king, to a wardrobe in the storehouse, and took from there old rags and worn-out clothes, which […]

A Call to Intimacy

August 16th, 2019 By punkpriest

A Call to Intimacy “Fear the Lord and Serve Him in Sincerity and  Faithfullness.” Joshua 24:14 Sr. Helen Prejean comments in her book River of Fire that as a young girl all around her she was presented with the ideal life of marriage and children, and says: “It’s the settling in for life, promising to […]