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How Jesus wanted to make the faith pretty simple:

Each Sunday in Lent, we begin our worship with a recitation of the Ten Commandments. It's good to recall these ancient pillars of the Judeo-Christian faith, these "ten freedoms" that God, in God's wisdom, knows humanity needs in order to live fully and well. However, thanks to the wisdom of the authors of the Book of Common Prayer, we always end our recitation of the Ten Commandments by hearing the "Summary of the Law" from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 29 -- "Jesus said, 'The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.'" Do yourself (and those around you) a favor and don't let those words become rote, or go in and out without soaking in...because... ...when God became a human bei

Steal the Script this Lent

Ash Wednesday 2017 The Reverend John Ohmer, Rector,  The Falls Church Episcopal             Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent -- and for that matter Christian spirituality in general -- has two general messages. On the one hand, there is the message or theme of sin, brokenness, and dis-ease… …on the other hand, there is the message of forgiveness, grace, and healing. Several years ago, I had an epiphany about people’s relationship with God, and these two themes. And the epiphany came not from a spiritual resource, but from some advice column, some very wise advice for retailers or restaurateurs or   anyone who deals with customers or the general public. The columnist said that whenever there is an aggrieved person, and you – as a retailer or restaurant owner or cashier – are dealing with that person, you need to realize there are two scripts . One script – call it “script A” -- goes like this: “I can’t believe this is happening!” “This is OUTRAGEOUS