Consider the Lilies of the Field

The Gospel reading for Epiphany 8 (week before last) includes the beautiful passage that begins “Consider the Lilies”. For months now, I have been walking regularly down Riverland Road, the shortest path from my home to St. Ambrose. I was struck, the week before I had to preach on this passage, with the fact that I could find the comfort of that passage “made flesh” right in the space where I live and move and have my being. I prepared a slideshow of the pictures I’ve taken during my walks to try to capture that sense of abundance even on a busy urban street. I hope that you have been strengthened and prepared for this time of Lent, when we put aside fear in the hope of opening more of the places of pain and brokenness in our life to God’s redeeming love…

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