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Lent 2 B + A life awake + 2.25.24

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  M. Campbell-Langdell All Saints, Oxnard (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38) In a book I recently read by Philip Roth (which is not for sensitive readers), American Pastoral (1997), a man meets a boyhood hero in the first chapter who appears to go on and on about his family’s successes, only to realize that his American dream of a life had gone completely sideways, and the protagonist spends the rest of the book parsing out a perfect life gone wrong. The theme appears to be the life that we present for public viewing, and the life we actually lead. This is something that we currently experience on social media. And it brings to mind Singer Marcos Vidal’s moving song “Cristianos” which asks of the church: “¿Qué te pasa iglesia amada, que no reaccionas, sólo a veces te emocionas, y no acabas de cambiar?”  [1] "What is happening with you, beloved Church, you do not react, just sometimes you get emotional, but you never really change?&quo

Cuaresma 2 B + Una vida despierta + 2/25/24

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  M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard ( Génesis 17:1–7, 15–16; Salmo 22:22–30 loc; Romanos 4:13–25;  San Marcos 8:31–38) Buenos días, recientemente leí un libro de un autor Philip Roth que realmente trataba de temas adultos, pero era interesante – llamado American Pastoral (1997) – no es para lectores sensibles, pero en el, un hombre cena con su héroe del tiempo de niñez y durante toda la comida, su amigo anterior no para de hablar de los éxitos de su familia. Pero mas tarde el se de cuenta de que su vida de su amigo no era nada de perfecto y el empieza a pensar en lo que dejamos a los otros mirar y lo que escondemos. Esto me hizo pensar en las redes sociales de hoy y como siempre mostramos las cosas buenas, y también me hizo pensar en la canción, “cristianos” de Marcos Vidal, una canción muy conmovedora, cuando dice: “¿Qué te pasa iglesia amada, que no reaccionas, sólo a veces te emocionas, y no acabas de cambiar?”  [1] Es una cosa a veces temerosa vivir en la nación c

Lent 1 B + In the wilderness + 2.18.24

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  Melissa Campbell-Langdell All Saints, Oxnard (Genesis 9:8–17; Ps. 25:1–9; 1 Peter 3:18–22; St Mark 1:9–15) Michael Card’s song “In the Wilderness” begins like this: In the wilderness In the wilderness He calls His sons and daughters To the wilderness But He gives grace sufficient To survive any test And that's the painful purpose Of the wilderness The readings today talk about seemingly ordinary moments that symbolize something at the cosmic level. A flood across the whole earth is seen as a cosmic cleansing- the rooting out of evil and the establishment of a new covenant. Covenant in fact is a theme for the entirety of Lent this year. Jesus is baptized and something happens at the cosmic level to spur him out into the wilderness. Peter is trying to tie the salvation we have received back to the times of Noah, and show how Jesus may have harrowed hell exactly in order to redeem those who perished in the flood. And our Psalm shows the voice of a faithful pe

Cuaresma 1 B + Sumergeme + 2.18.24

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  Melissa Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Génesis 9:8–17; Salmo 25:1–9; 1 San Pedro 3:18–22; San Marcos 1:9–15) Cansado del camino Sediento de ti Un desierto he cruzado Sin fuerzas he quedado Vengo a ti … Luché como soldado Y a veces sufrí Y aunque la lucha he ganado Mi armadura he desgastado Vengo a ti Con esta canción de Jesús Adrián Romero, pienso en Jesús aquí en el evangelio de hoy. This song makes me think of Jesús in today’s gospel- in the desert, fighting for what is right and seeking God’s guidance.   Él está cansado de su camino, sufriendo en el desierto y el encuentre consuelo en la presencia de los ángeles. El viene de una experiencia de sumersión en las aguas del bautismo, en el que escuchamos que Dios le habla: “Tú eres mi Hijo amado, a quien he elegido.” He has emerged from his baptism reminded he is God’s beloved son. Romero canta Sumérgeme En el río de tu espíritu Necesito refrescar este seco corazón Sediento de ti Y recordamos que Jes

Epiphany 4 (B) + Jesus knows / Jesus sabe + 1.28.24

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M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Deut. 18:15–20; S./Ps. 111; 1 Cor. 8:1–13; S. Mar. 1:21–28) “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  El conocimiento hincha de orgullo, en tanto que el amor edifica la comunidad.” In the recent film “Rustin” (Netflix, 2023), we learn about the civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin. A good friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rustin was a controversial figure because he was gay. Bayard Rustin no fue popular con todos en el movimiento para derechos civiles porque fue homosexual, pero fue muy comprometido al movimiento para cambio entre los Afro-Americanos en los EEUU. Yet he was a committed and immensely talented organizer who was also very valued by many in the civil rights organizing community, not only for his gifts but also for his personal charm and charisma. Throughout the film, we learn not only how he pulled together the March on Washington in record time, but also about how he did so while facing those who wanted to discredit and ex

Epiphany 3 B + Revenge + 1.21.24

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  M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Jonah 3:1–5, 10; Psalm 62:6–14; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20) “Revenge?” I heard this word several times earlier this week as Alene and I caught up on the last few episodes of the show “The Crown” (Netflix, 2023). It came up whenever a pair of the royals finished a game of cards or chess, and it was funny to me. A small vestige of their past as the tyrannical kings and queens who would literally kill or maim or steal a throne in revenge. Now just revenge amongst themselves as a form of play. Revenge is fairly baked into human nature. The human sense of a leader is often one who will uphold that which is right, if necessary, avenging one who has been wronged. One who will show might and power in the face of oppression. Sometimes this is a very good thing. But then, sometimes, God shows us a totally different way. Let us look at Jonah. To give you some background, Nineveh was the worst. Think of the most oppressive regime, filled

Epifanía 3 B + Venganza + 1.21.24

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  M. Campbell-Langdell All Santos, Oxnard (Jonás 3:1–5, 10; Salmo 62:6–14; 1 Corintios 7:29–31; San Marcos 1:14–20) "Revenge? / ¿Venganza?" Escuché esta palabra varias veces a principios de esta semana cuando Alene y yo nos pusimos al día con los últimos episodios del programa “The Crown” (Netflix, 2023). Surgía cada vez que una pareja de la realeza terminaba una partida de cartas o de ajedrez, y era algo interesante para mí. Un pequeño vestigio de su pasado como reyes y reinas tiránicos que literalmente mataban, mutilaban o robaban un trono en venganza. Ahora la venganza solo existe entre ellos como una forma de juego. La venganza está bastante integrada en la naturaleza humana. El sentido humano de un líder es a menudo el de defender lo que es correcto, si es necesario, vengando a quien ha sido agraviado. Alguien que mostrará fuerza y poder frente a la opresión. We humans expect a leader to show force if necessary, in the face of oppression or wrong. A veces esto es