The hard message of a simple love

"The hard message of a simple love" a sermon for Easter 6B by Drew Downs

To love as Jesus says and does Easter 6B  |  John 15:9-17 read along while you listen! All You Need is Love? We are once again in John 15, which is part of this book’s accounting for Jesus’s final teaching at the last supper. Whereas Mark, Matthew, and Luke have Jesus get right down to […]

What should marriage be?


A “Should’ve Asked Question” While the Supreme Court mulls about trying to figure out what to do with the Frequently asked question: What do we do with “gay marriage”? we are actually left with more pertinent questions. Digging into the politics and legal cases for and against “marriage equality” send us into a spiral of […]

Living in the midst of death

"Living in the midst of death" a homily for Easter 5B by Drew Downs

Jesus’s vine image and the challenge of abiding in him Easter 5B  |  John 15:1-8  read along while you listen! A Green Thumb My Mom is a gardener. When we moved up to Alpena from southeast of Detroit, we were moving into a rectory: a two-story beauty with a side porch and slightly sloping lawn. […]

How to Really Celebrate Valentine’s Day

How to Really Celebrate Valentines's Day -

I used to hate Valentine’s Day. It’s a Hallmark holiday I’d say. It’s an excuse to buy somebody more stuff I’d say. It’s about making the women in our lives happy I’d say. I was much more cynical then. At its root, the problem I had with the way we celebrate Valentine’s Day is that it […]

Love and Sacrifice


a Homily for Easter 6B Text: John 15:9-17 Last week’s Gospel pericope ended with verses 7 and 8 which read: If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and […]