Great Expectations

April 20th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

Why isn’t everyone an optimist?

Surely it’s better than being a pessimist! As the Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman notes, “Optimists are normally cheerful and happy, and therefore popular; they are resilient in adapting to failures and hardships, their chances of clinical depression are reduced, their immune systems are stronger, they take better care of their health, they feel healthier than others and are in fact likely to live … Read More


Unhappy Meal

April 15th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Unhappy Meal

April 13th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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“Unhappy Meal”

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

Today’s long reading from St. Matthew’s Gospel includes a description of the Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

This “Last Supper” has often been portrayed by artists. At Incarnation, there’s a dramatic sculpture of the event above the altar of our side Chapel of the Holy Nativity.

Depictions of the Last Supper usually display … Read More


Feeling Your Pain

April 9th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Feeling Your Pain

April 6th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

In the British television series, Sherlock, the main character is able to deduce an amazing range of facts about people just by looking at them and noticing small details.

Uneven wear on a shoe, for example, tells Sherlock that the person has a limp and therefore feels insecure. Fingernails that look like they have been chewed indicate someone who is worried. A nervous twitch in the face is evidence … Read More


Wishing Well

March 25th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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“Wishing Well”

March 23rd, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

At the time of Jesus, only the richest people had anything like central plumbing. Most people had to carry water into their homes from an outside source.

So communal wells were popular places. Not surprisingly, when people went to the wells to get water, they met each other, and they talked.

 In today’s Second Lesson, the Gospel writer John gives his version of a dialogue between Jesus and Read More


Freedom Song

March 13th, 2014 by Ginger Strickland

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Freedom Song

March 9th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 A recent poll in England revealed that more than half the school children there don’t know the story of Adam and Eve.

Now that’s bad news to New Yorker cartoonists. They see lots of comic elements in that story.

For example, a cartoon published in 1993 shows a naked middle-aged man with glasses who has just opened the door of his closet. He sees that the only thing in his … Read More


On Top of Murray Hill

March 6th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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