Holy Reverie Blog

Still & Change

Two summers ago, Ellen and I visited Edinburgh, Scotland to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Edinburgh is an enchanting city filled with historic architecture, striking vistas, and rich tradition. The place is also not without whimsey, as evidenced by events such as the Fringe Festival and the one night Ellen and I had haggis nachos for supper (darn tasty, too). It's no wonder that J. K. Rowling developed Harry Potter in an Edinburgh coffee shop (the Elephant House, next to the George... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 0 comments
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Jesus told his disciples, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Which seems to imply that Jesus had no home, or even that he was homeless. But I think it could also mean that Jesus was at home wherever he was. Walking along the lakeshore in Galilee or in the crowded streets of Jerusalem. Dining with close friends or with sinners and tax collectors. Preaching on a hillside or going off by himself to say his prayers. Jesus, I'm... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 0 comments
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Being Holy

This week is called Holy Week, a time when we remember the story of Jesus’ last week of life, often called The Passion. The story is about pain and suffering and sacrifice, and it is difficult to hear. If this week is about our participation in a story of suffering from so long ago, what do we mean when we call this week holy?    We can be tempted to understand holiness as purity or perfection. Many of us have been brought up to believe that being holy means that we... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 0 comments
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Love and Justice

When Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury (the head of the Anglican Communion, of which Calvary is a member), was inaugurated last year, the liturgy began with a very curious exchange at the door of the Cathedral. As he entered, he was met by Miss Evangeline Kanagasooriam, a sixteen year-old young woman from Sri Lanka. They engaged in the following conversation, which was brief and scripted, but also made some profound theological statements:  Kanagasooriam: We... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 0 comments
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His eye is on the sparrow

The winter of 2014 seemed interminable, but when a little house sparrow perched on my back porch light fixture with a strand of dry grass in his beak, I knew spring was on the way. The previous spring a sparrow—maybe the same one—had appeared at the same light fixture and had tried to build a nest there. But as soon as he would place a bit of twig or a scrap of string in one of the wrought iron crevices, it would fall through the open bottom of the fixture and land on the pavement below. This... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 1 comments
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