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Proper 13 A + Abundant feast + 8.2.20

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M Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Isaiah 55:1–5; Ps. 145:8–9, 15–22 BCP; St Matthew 14:13–21)
Imagine a big old feast in field. People are scattered around on picnic blankets and little by little the seemingly little they had on them is brought before God incarnate, Jesus. Jesus blesses it and that makes it enough. More than enough! And the food is shared again and people are laughing, joking. They feel full.
This feast is not a moment, it’s a movement. Because Jesus is showing them about the kingdom in real time. A kingdom in which we share. A kingdom in which we present our offerings to God. And a kingdom in which those offerings become enough to provide for all. Women and children and men, siblings of all genders and ages, are all fed. Are all welcomed. This echoes the feast language of the prophets and it is the foretaste of the banquet that will come at the end of the world. Its flavor touches every Holy Communion we ever share, in the past and in the future. And even in the…

Propio 13 A + Fiesta abundante + 8.2.20

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M Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Isaías 55:1–5; Salmo 145:8–9, 15–22 LOC; San Mateo 14:13–21)
Imagina una gran fiesta en el campo. Las personas se encuentran dispersas en mantas de picnic y poco a poco lo poquito que tenían se lleva ante Dios encarnado, Jesús. Jesús lo bendice y eso lo hace suficiente. ¡Más que suficiente! Y la comida se comparte de nuevo y la gente se ríe, bromea. Se sienten llenos. Esta fiesta no es un momento, sino un movimiento. Porque Jesús les está mostrando sobre el reino de Dios en tiempo real. Un reino en el que compartimos. Un reino en el que presentamos nuestras ofrendas a Dios. Y un reino en el que esas ofrendas se vuelven suficientes para proveer a todos. Mujeres, niños y hombres, hermanos de todos los géneros y edades, son alimentados. Todos son bienvenidos. Esto hace eco del lenguaje festivo de los profetas y es el anticipo del banquete que llegará al fin del mundo. Su sabor toca cada comunión que compartimos, en el pasado y en el futuro. E incluso …

Proper 12 (A) + Kin-dom seed + 7.26.20

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Melissa Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Ps 105:1–11, 45b; Romans 8:26–39; St Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52)
The Kin-dom of Heaven is like an immigrant from Burma who comes to the US with ten dollars in his pocket and builds a life.
The Kin-dom of Heaven is like a pandemic baker carefully cultivating the sourdough starter and mixing just a little into the batch so it will rise. In the Christian Century Magazine in May, Debra Dean Murphy spoke of a “communion of the helpless” and how it feels to pray in the face of a pandemic. When things feel too big, we may feel we are simply offering our prayers without any sense of efficacy. But she continues to say that “there is no place from which the love of God is absent,”[1] even in a pandemic. There is no place where the love of God is absent. And today’s gospel reminds us that there is nothing too small to make a huge difference in the world. A small mustard seed grows into a big bush, or apparently a tree in some places. A little yeast leave…

Propio 12 (A) + Semilla del reino + 7.26.20

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Melissa Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Salmo 105:1–11, 45b; Romanos 8:26–39; San Mateo 13:31–33, 44–52)
El Reino del Amor de Dios es como un inmigrante de Birmania que viene a los EEUU con solo diez dólares y construye una vida. El Reino de la Amistad de Dios es como una panadera durante la pandemia quien cuidadosamente cultiva su masa madre y lo pone solo un poquito a la masa para que se levante. En la revista Christian Century en Mayo, Debra Dean Murphy hablo de una “comunión de los indefensos” y como se siente orar durante una pandemia. Cuando las cosas sienten muy grandes, a veces sentimos que estamos ofreciendo nuestras oraciones sin eficacia. Pero ella continue diciendo que “no hay lugar donde el amor de Dios está ausente,”[1]aun en una pandemia. No hay lugar donde el amor de Dios está ausente. Y el evangelio de hoy nos recuerda que nunca somos muy pequeños para hacer una diferencia grande en este mundo. Una semilla de mostaza crece en una gran planta, o posiblemente un árbo…

Proper 11A + Good seed + 7.19.20

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M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Genesis 28:10-19a; Ps. 139:1-11, 22-23; Matthew 13:23-30, 36-43)
If you are like me, there has been good news and sad news this week. We lost John Lewis and CT Vivian, respected leaders in our tradition. One piece of sad news for many has been the roll back to greater restrictions in our public life. I get it- it feels like a setback in our progress. However many of us say this is right –what needs to happen to avoid more people getting sick and dying. I for one felt a sense of relief, although blended with prayers for local business owners.
And so it seems to me that the passage from Genesis today comes just in time. Isn’t that just like God, to give us the right word in the right moment? Because God finds Jacob in the wilderness and shows him love and a promise. Jacob is worthy of love not because of what he has done but because he is God’s creation. He’s on the lam, lies down in this place without a name and it becomes a place where he encou…

Propio 11A + Buena semilla + 7.19.20

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M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Genesis 28:10-19a; S. 139:1-11, 22-23; Mateo 13:23-30, 36-43) Si son como yo, han escuchado noticias buenas y noticias tristes esta semana. Perdimos a John Lewis y CT Vivian, lideres muy respetados en nuestra tradición. Yo sé que para varios la noticia de que tuvimos que regresar a más restricciones en nuestra vida pública puede sentir como un regreso en vez de seguir adelante. Pero muchos dicen que esto es sabio – lo que tiene que pasar para evitar más enfermedad y muerte. Yo por un sentí un poco de alivio, pero combinado con una preocupación por los pequeños negocios. Así que parece que la lectura del libro de Génesis hoy viene justo a tiempo. Que para mí dice mucho de Dios. ¿No es cierto que Dios nos dé la palabra adecuada para el momento, si escuchamos? Porque Dios encuentra a Jacob en el desierto y le ama, no por lo que hizo pero porque es su creación. Él está huyendo y descanse en un lugar sin nombre y se convierta en un lugar donde el en…

Prop 10 A + Sower + 7.12.20

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M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Ps. 119:105–112; Romans 8:1–11; St. Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23)
A sower went out to sow…. The Spanish service had the opportunity to listen to this parable again on Tuesday, performed by the radio play “Un Tal Jesús”, and in it a man brought his nephew out to sow seeds in a field. They planted all over the land while he explained how certain land has weeds, is more full of stones, or is more fertile. Many of you know a lot about planting and reaping. I am very ignorant in these things. Recently some very kind parishioners have given me some plants to plant in my garden. In the beginning, it was great! We saw them growing really well. But now there have come little insects that kill the leaves, and snails that eat the small cucumbers and tomatoes. So several times a week I put some soapy water on the leaves and remove the snails. I have seen how much work goes into getting some produce from plants - and even more so to have results sixty or one hundr…