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Advent 4, Year C: Saying "Yes" to the Whole of Life

A Sermon Preached at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark Advent 4, Year C The Reverend Tyler B. Doherty, Priest-in-Charge
Mary has a special place in the Advent season. It’s a time when as the world speeds up and gets more and more frenetic, Mary’s stillness and silent presence serve as a reminder that it is in letting go and letting be that we make a little space in the manger of our hearts for Christ to be born in and through us. Mary is the model of true Christian discipleship, the supreme example of what it looks like to be surrendered to God and to become fruitful—even when on the face of it things seem impossible. Mary’s fiat, her “yes” to God—“Let it be with me according to your word” at the Annunciation—is the sign for us of the fundamental disposition of the Christian life. Our lives can be stubborn, persistent “noes” to the ever-present invitation to feast at the banquet of divine love. We can miss the daily annunciations that literally litter our lives—the opportunity to let go of…

Advent 3, Year C: "Repent!": Changing the Direction You Look for Happiness

A Sermon Preached at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark Advent 3, Year C The Reverend Tyler B. Doherty, Priest-in-Charge During the season of Advent, the world goes dark so that we might focus on the light—the light of Jesus Christ who is the unique disclosure in a human life of God’s unconditional love for each and every one of God’s children. The Christian faith is all about the divine light of God—revealing this light to God’s sons and daughters, teaching them what it might look like to live from that light, and encouraging them to become that light for others. One way to understand what God has been up to since the creation of the universe is as the patient, persistent, unflagging determination to transmit this light to God’s children no matter the cost. Everything God does from making Adam and Eve in the image and likeness, to calling Abram and Sarai out of comfortable retirement, to the revelation of the divine light in the great I AM to Moses at the burning bush, to the final sendin…

1 Advent, Year C: Entering the Darkness to See the Light--Of Light-Up Shoes, Friendship with God and Wittgenstein

A Sermon Preached at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark 1 Advent, Year B The Reverend Tyler B. Doherty, Priest-in-Charge I’ve got three daughters, and the trouble with children, and specifically their blessed little feet, is that they grow—not like fig leaves, but like weeds. No sooner do you get them into one pair of shoes that fit than they have already outgrown them—to their great delight and our great despair. Not long ago, one of the little fashionistas returned home with the latest and greatest in running shoe design—light-up shoes. Jump up and down hard enough and the toes of the shoes are supposed to twinkle like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Proudly showing off her recent purchase, my daughter promptly started stomping around the living room, jumping higher and higher. But it was all to no avail. There was no light. Were they broken? Defective? Designed for a five year-old with Michael Jordan-esque jumping ability? “Come here,” I said and ushered her into the bathroom. We shut th…