An Update from GC79: Many Languages, One Love

An update from the Rev. Mary Vano: I remember my first trip to Disney World as a child not so much for the rides, but for the sounds of the people around me.  I had never heard so many different languages being spoken in one place.  Now at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, it is a true joy … Read More

The Act of Naming

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock January 1, 2012 Luke 2: 15-21 How do you name the Son of God? This is the daunting task that Mary and Joseph are faced with 8 days after the birth of their child. They must give a name to the Son of God. Perhaps like any parents we might imagine they … Read More

Is There a Price Tag on Evangelism?

By the Rev. Mary Vano, rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Ark. I’ll never forget the day St. David’s, Austin received an incredible bequest. At the time, I was the associate priest for Newcomers and Evangelism. There was money given for everything from youth ministries to music. One line item was pertinent to me: $10,000 designated for … Read More

The Wilderness

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock December 4, 2011 Advent 2B Mark 1:1-8 The opening verse of Mark’s Gospel begins like a pistol-shot at the start of a race: “The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” And then we’re off. Skip the birth of Jesus, go right to John the Baptist, then … Read More

Risky Business

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock November 13, 2011 Proper 28A Matthew 25:14-30 “For to all who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” The rich get richer; the poor get poorer. I think I heard that on the news … Read More

You Are Students

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church October 30, 2011 Proper 26A Matthew 23:1-12 Today’s Gospel has a lot of “they versus you” language. They teach, you follow. They do not practice, you do not do what they do. They tie up heavy burdens. They are unwilling to lift a finger. They do their deeds to be seen by … Read More

The Angry King

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock October 9, 2011 Proper 23A Matthew 22:1-14 Upon reading this parable today, I wondered whether Jesus had recently been a part of a wedding party. I mean, I don’t know about Jesus, but weddings have been known to make me a little grumpy! As much as they are supposed to be about … Read More

Facebook Jesus

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock October 2, 2011 Proper 22A Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21: 33-46 Back in the spring when I was still at my former parish, my colleagues and I had designed an Easter postcard that we were really proud of. If you’re not on Facebook, bear with me and use your imaginations, because the card … Read More

Authority and Obedience

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock September 25, 2011 Proper 21A Matthew 21:23-32 In today’s Gospel encounter we have a question about authority and an answer about obedience. Authority and Obedience. These are words and concepts that are somewhat out of vogue among modern generations. We generally mistrust authority. Having lived through too many news cycles of corrupt … Read More

Manna from Heaven

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock Proper 20A Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 20:1-16 When the Israelites looked back upon the stories of their faith they didn’t glamorize it much. Rather, they wrote plainly, even humbly, about the struggles that have characterized their relationship with God. As we have been reading through Exodus, it is evident that the story of … Read More