We pray the reflections below will help you in finding renewed life.

Oramos las reflexiones a continuación le ayudarán en la búsqueda de una vida renovada.

The Rev. Joe Parrish
New York, NY
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The Model Shepherd

The most popular ancient depiction of Jesus in the Roman catacombs is as the Good Shepherd, dating from the early third century and perhaps before. The good, or model, or exemplary shepherd has given up his life for us in order to give us life eternal. We need to hear his voice, follow his commands, and live a life that exemplifies Christ care and concern for others.

Series: 4 Easter (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)

Passage: John 10 11-18

Language: English


Shepherd, good, model, exemplary, Luther, enemies, listen, voice, catacombs, Roman, ancient, hymn, shepherdess, Joan, Arc, Psalm, funeral, Greeley, leopards, lions, bears, Middle Eastern, SUV


Revive us again

Repentance is necessary for forgiveness. Christ died to give us forgiveness of our sins, but without our turning from our sins, we make Christ’s death muted and ineffective. The Risen Lord reminded us that we are to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name to all the world.

Series: 3 Easter (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Third Sunday of Easter, Year B

Passage: Luke 24 36-48

Language: English


Repentance, forgiveness, Jesus, risen, Lord, Christ, God, temptation, sins, trespasses, debts, Bonhoeffer, grace, crucifixion, cross, dead, death, discipleship, works, faith, disciples, preach, Lord’s, prayer. CPR, defibrillator, hospital, business, school


Reach out and touch someone

Jesus’ disciple Thomas was the foreshadowing of the scientific age we live in today. We have certainties which are actually only probabilities, in mathematical terms. However, we Twenty-first Century people are now aware that the universe that can be seen and measured is finite and has limits. Outside of this universe we have only God and God’s only Son, our Messiah, Jesus Christ in whom we live and move and have our being.

Series: 2 Easter (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Second Sunday of Easter, Year B

Passage: John 20 19-31

Language: English


Science, mathematics, social, physics, biological, certainty, uncertainty, universe, limits, Thomas, apostle, disciple, India, questioning, discerning, accepting, Christians, faith, atoms, space, probability, reality, scientist, Twenty-first, Century, Heisenberg, principle


Frightened by reality

Mark’s Gospel account tells the story of terrified women who witness the empty open tomb three days after Jesus’ dead body had been placed there. They see an angelic figure who tell them that Jesus has been raised from the dead. St. Paul’s earlier letter to the church in Corinth tells more details, as do the three later Gospels. The women run away terrified, but the story from them and others apparently begins to spread to the whole world.

Series: Easter (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Easter Day, Year B

Passage: Mark 16 1-8

Language: English


Mark, gospel, Paul, Jesus, risen, Lord, angel, terrified, resurrection, Matthew, John, Luke, Corinth, Corinthians, Jerusalem, Roman, army, siege, ramps, Galilee, Easter, Nazareth, Lucado, Titanic, God


Waltzing in on a donkey

Jesus comes into Jerusalem in a lowly procession riding on a donkey on Palm Sunday, being adored by many expecting him to throw of the yoke of the Roman Empire. The he leaves the city, regroups with his disciples, is arrested, and crucified on Good Friday. We now await remembering his rising from the dead on Easter morning.

Series: Passion/Palm Sunday (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Passion Sunday: Palm Sunday (B)

Passage: Mark 15 1-47

Language: English


Egeria, nun, Spain, Patriarch, Rome, Constantinople, Eastern Church, Western Church, Palm, Sunday, Passion, crucified, Mark, gospel, Jerusalem, pilgrims, Pope, Golgotha, crucifixion, Garden Tomb, procession, Mount, Olives, Kidron, Valley, garbage, burned, century, liturgy, basilica, Talley


Lenten Meditation

Don't sweat the little things

Series: Lenten Meditation

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Lenten Meditation

Passage: Exodus 7 25 ff

Language: English


fleas, Moses, plagues, Egyptians, little, big, life, safety, security, loss, Exodus 7: 25- 8:19


The beginning of the end

Jesus sees the end of his journey on earth as he hears of the coming of the Greeks to find him right after his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, realizing his Good News has begun to spread far beyond the Jewish nation. His death will be eminent, but the appearance of the Greeks signals that his message of salvation will be for all people.

Series: Lent 5 (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish


Passage: John 12 20-33

Language: English


Jesus, Christ, messiah, Son of Man, Daniel, divine, Philip, Andrew, believe, serve, lifted, raised, crucified, cross, Palm Sunday, Samaria, Tyre, Sidon, woman, Samaritan, Good News, Gospel, Alpha, Reverend Nicky Gumbel, Vicar, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, London, commanding Scripture, compelling Spirit, common sense, counsel of the saints, circumstantial signs, desert, seed, wheat, insurance, Connecticut


The light that overcomes

Christ is our light in this world. With his light we can find our way to God through him. We are never beyond God’s love for us. Ever.

Series: Lent 4 (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Fourth Sunday in Lent (B)

Passage: John 3 14-21

Language: English


Universe, black, dark, light, matter, astrophysics, love, eternal, life, void, hole, foundation, string, space, flight, galaxy, planet, Harvard, Smithsonian, St. Augustine, Weatherhead, London, Times, John the XXIII, New Hampshire, sea, shell, beach, sand, Adolph Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Moses, Jesus, Christ, God, Trinity


When Jesus got angry

Anger is often frowned upon by church folk, but Jesus as our example shows us that at times we are to foreswear the practices of those who profane religion and try to degrade God’s work on earth.

Series: Lent 3 (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Third Sunday in Lent (C)

Passage: John 2 13-25

Language: English


Barclay, James, St. Thomas Aquinas, anger, righteous, God, Jesus, Christ, church, Temple, High Priest, Jerusalem, taxes, money, changers, cattle, sheep, doves, tables, overturned, LectionAid, Boston, Massachusetts, India, mental, institution, subway, police, transit, loving, kindness, England, probation, officer, abuse, racism, trafficking, Bishop, Roman, Catholic, retired, clergy, Bingo, school, Elizabeth, New Jersey


Run to win

Christ calls us to a higher goal, not reaching an earthly Olympic tape but at our end in the heavenly country where he and his Heavenly Father reign, and who will reward us generously for serving in Christ’s kingdom on earth.

Series: Lent 2 (B)

Speaker: Rev. Joe Parrish

Topic: Second Sunday in Lent, Year B

Passage: Mark 8 31-38

Language: English


Olympic, Games, Eric, Liddell, China, Japan, Japanese, prison, prisoners, camp, movie, Chariots, Fire, Oscar, Best Picture, 1982, Best Original Score, Scotland, Edinburgh, University, missionaries, missionary, Pearl Harbor, British, expatriate, St. Paul, Timothy, Corinthians, Athens, martyr, Peter, Jesus, Christ, Gospel, preach, Desmond, Tutu, apartheid, Auguste Rodin, French, crucifix, cross, Christians, Presbyterian, Archbishop, 1945

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