This week, at the National Arts Centre, the play Come From Away is sold out on every night. This is the story, as many of you will remember, of how the small town of Gander responded when nearly 40 planes were suddenly grounded following the terrorist attack of 9/11. What happened on the ground has … Continue reading True Power. True Wealth.
This morning we hear the story of the two sisters Martha and Mary, surely one of the most retable stories in the Bible. Jesus comes to visit, invited by Martha, who immediately sets to work, making plans, prepping dinner, organizing the way one needs to when an important guest arrives. Mary, on the other hand, … Continue reading Jesus’ JOMO
Six weeks before the federal government enacted a moratorium on the northern cod fishery, I was standing on the back of a cape islander, jigging for cod with two of my friends off the north shore of Cape Breton. We caught 65 pounds of fillets in 30 minutes. We thought that was impressive. But I … Continue reading The Promise Worth Risking For
This week, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was on my mind. He pleaded guilty this week to dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was the man in the tractor trailer who blew the stop sign outside Melfort, Saskatchewan, the very moment that the Humboldt Broncos were passing through the intersection. In that careless … Continue reading The Gift of Love
Now, finally, on the first day of Epiphany, more strangers arrive at the manger. These ones come bearing gifts, having stopped in to get directions from Herod along the way. What shall we call them? What do we know of them? What real contribution, other than a bit of glitz, do they bring to the … Continue reading Epiphany: The Complex Work of the Gospel