Monthly Archives: February 2014

7th Sunday after Epiphany, Yr A: February 23, 2014

7th Sunday after the Epiphany

RCL Yr. A: Leviticus 18:1-2, 9-18 and Matthew 5:38-48

February 23, 2014

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, RI


In today’s readings from Matthew and Leviticus we are asked to do some very difficult things. To not resist or strike back when we are attacked, verbally or physically. To give to anyone who asks, regardless of their worthiness or what they plan to do with the money. To love our enemies.

These demands in Matthew go against all of our instincts of self-preservation, of self-defense, and of achievement. They don’t fit with what would seem to be the responsible way to handle our resources to provide for ourselves and our families. They challenge our physical safety and our financial security. And they fly in the face of our American culture, which emphasizes self-sufficiency, pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps, enjoying the fruits of our own hard work. Continue reading

Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany: Salt and Light

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Yr A RCL: Mt 5:13-20 and Isa. 58:1-12

February 9, 2014

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, RI

(This sermon was preached from notes in rough outline form, so that is how I am posting it)

I. Salt and Light are familiar images

A. salt: reveals the true character, complexity, depth of flavor

B. light: brings something out of obscurity, beats back darkness, clarifies way forward

C. both do this just by virtue of being what they are

D. they do not restrict or limit—they enhance and free and illuminate and attract

D. C.S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun—not because I can see it, but because by it I see everything else.”  Continue reading

Feast of the Presentation: Feb. 2nd, 2014

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Episcopal Lectionary)

February 2, 2014

Luke 2:22-28

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, RI

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr (first Sunday as Priest in Charge) 

I’d like to invite you to enter into the scene that we just  heard described in this morning’s Gospel reading—let’s imagine we are anonymous worshipers in the Temple who just happen to be there at the right moment.

What do we see around us? Continue reading