Father Kevin A. Codd
That Woman Who Does Not Belong Among Us!

That Woman Who Does Not Belong Among Us!

March 15, 2020

The woman set among us by John's Gospel, by all rights, should not be here! For all that makes her undeserving, one thing makes her a most fitting presence among us: She thirsts! 

Temptation is a Nasty Little Actor in the Drama of Human Life!

Temptation is a Nasty Little Actor in the Drama of Human Life!

March 1, 2020

On this first Sunday of the Lenten season, we are plunged into the mystery of temptation. From Adam and eve to Jesus himself, the challenge is always the same: not presuming we are gods and letting God be God for us. 

The Golden Rule Scaled Up

The Golden Rule Scaled Up

February 23, 2020

Everyone loves the Golden Rule, "Treat your neighbor as you want to be treated". Most of us do a fine job of living it in our homes and neighborhoods, but when we try to "scale it up" in a complex society, it seems mostly to get lost in the compulsive struggle to survive; it is replaced by "dog eat dog". 

Jesus in today's Gospel reading has much to say about this and it is not easy to hear...

Blessed are those with eyes to see…and see God!

Blessed are those with eyes to see…and see God!

February 2, 2020

Blessed are those with eyes to see...and who see! No need to be convinced of that! As valuable as our eyesight is to us, there is yet another, deeper and richer, kind of "seeing" in life. Old Simeon and even older Anna know well this kind of "seeing", formed in trust of God and hope in his will being accomplished. In them, we learn: "Blessed are they with eyes to see...and who see God!"

Jesus All Grown Up

Jesus All Grown Up

January 11, 2020

The Christmas season wraps up with Jesus as an adult standing on the banks of the Jordan River. There he rubs elbows with humanity in all of its brokenness and need. There he finds his vocation...

What Manner of Magi?

What Manner of Magi?

January 4, 2020

Matthew's use of the Magi as he wraps up his version of the Nativity story teaches important lessons as to just who this baby in Bethlehem is.

Swords into Plowshares? Who does the Forging?

Swords into Plowshares? Who does the Forging?

November 30, 2019

The ancient images of a new era of peace on Earth from the prophet Isaiah, swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks, capture the great hope of humanity for better times. But just who does the forging is critical to this hope being realized: Isaiah makes it clear this is not just the work of humanity, it is the work of humanity WITH GOD! 

The Temple

The Temple

November 17, 2019

The First Century Temple of Jerusalem was something to behold! Herod the Great's masterpiece surely would stand forever! Except it didn't. As Jesus stands in its shadow, he recognizes that this grand building will sooner or later be nothing more than shards of sandstone. His very presence there poses the great question: which temple will last forever...that of Herod or that which is Jesus himself? 

God is a God of the Living, Not the Dead!

God is a God of the Living, Not the Dead!

November 10, 2019

Jesus' encounter with the Sadducees is another moment where he is being poked, prodded, and gamed by the Jerusalem establishment. His response to their disingenuous question is a powerful affirmation of the character of God as a GOD OF LIFE...A GOD OF THE LIVING!  His message is particularly important to us as we remember our beloved dead in this month of November. 

All Saints: An Opportunity to Rest in Holiness

All Saints: An Opportunity to Rest in Holiness

November 1, 2019

Exhortation is the usual mode of the preacher, homilist, and evangelist. Spiritual coaching is important, but today we are blessed to be able to simply rest in the holiness God has blessed us with already.