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

Walking on the Water

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 14 Matthew 14:22-33 On July 20, 1969, the world listened to those incredible words spoken by Neil Armstrong: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, and though many … Read More

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock, Ark. July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 There’s a funny little social debate that has arisen in the last generation or so as the result of developing technology. When you’re expecting a baby, do you choose to be surprised? I always find the commentary around … Read More