Friday, January 25, 2013

Conversion of St Paul

  • Brief devotions in the cathedral; MP in the office (the cathedral is cold!).
  • Consulted various commentaries on the readings for the First Sunday in Lent, did some active listening, and emerged with a basic message that I trust will evolve into a sermon before I stand up to preach in the cathedral on February 17.
  • Hand-wrote notes to clergy and spouses with milestone events in February.
  • Lunch at home.
  • Did some more liturgical prep for the clergy retreat.
  • Consulted some sources in preparation for the annual Chrism Mass (aka Liturgy of Collegiality) and laid plans for a few changes to recent past practices.
  • Friday personal prayer: Meditation on the passage from Acts narrating the conversion of St Paul. What a stunning and completely sovereign act of God--the same God who is still capable of such sovereign acts. How many "enemies of the cross of Christ" will one day be disciples--yea, apostles--of that same Jesus?
  • Took care of some personal organization and website maintenance chores.
  • Evening Prayer in the office.
  • Attended the retirement dinner for Dean Bob Brodie, whose last Sunday at St Paul's is 10 February. There was a great turnout of both parishioners and friends from near and far.

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