Take My Yoke Upon You- but Why?

Take my yoke upon you… But why? Why would we take a yoke? Well you might take on a yoke if doing so didn’t add to your burden but instead lifted the burden. The ancient yokes often had a movable pin or connecting bar that went to the plow or wagon. The pin could be...

Living Water

Years ago, someone who had stopped coming to church on Sundays before I was appointed to that church explained to me the reason why: “I enjoy reading the Sunday New York Times while having breakfast in bed.  And I can get more out of it than coming to church.”  I...

Love, Communication, Communion

Last Sunday Rabbi Shohama and I led the Memorial Service for Diana Gunzl, a daughter of Violet Smith.  As you know, Rabbi Shohama still waits for the Messiah to come, while I as a Methodist believe Jesus Christ as the Messiah already came, died, is risen, and will...

Jesus’ Commandment: “Love One Another.”

Last Sunday President Emmanuel Macron at the age of 39 driving up the Champs-Élysées in a military vehicle and the epaulets on Ms. Macron’s inauguration jacket and its shiny double-breasted rows of buttons and her skirt above her bare knees at the age of 64...

On Mother’s Day and the 5th Anniversary Memorial Day

Today Emmanuel Macron takes his office as the new president of France at his age of 39.  The French people seem to prefer gossiping about Macron’s love affair with Brigitte, the first lady of the country, to the French politics.  She told Paris Match: “At the age of...

My Poverty and the Good Shepherd

Last Tuesday afternoon, I visited Jophille at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, along with Lucia.  We met also Mina and Andy, her parents, who had  been there from 6 AM until midnight every day.  After the hospital visit we met Lucia’s sisters, the twins, at the 9/11...