Not two halves but a whole

The “devil”, or “accuser”, in our reading today belongs not just in the wild place, leering at Jesus, but in any number of places in present-day Canada. You can hear them by the cash register at Canadian Tire, in the classroom, on the TV, and in our homes. They might look at your skin colour and ask: Where are you from? Sudbury? No. Where are you “really” from?

Breaking the fourth wall, a call story

This season we’ve been exploring stories of call. Calls that were unexpected—like Samuel hearing an unfamiliar voice in the dark. Calls that challenged our old identities and sense of security with new dreams—like Simon Peter or Elsa of Arendelle. Calls that might have surprised those around us, but not the God who created us—like Mary of Magdala.

Hope in our bones

At a time when we’re disillusioned and disappointed by our leaders, the Prophet’s words offer us something different. There’s that tingling feeling in your bones of hope. And we need hope…