Browsing Deacon Wilson's Wisdom

CALLED, NAMED, AND SENT

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 1/07/21

            Today we commemorate the baptism of Jesus and recall not only the event that triggered his public ministry, but also our own baptismal beginning as children of God.  Whether we were baptized as adults or infants, we continue a lifetime of renewing our commitment to faith.  Bernard Haring, ... Read More »

BEGINNING AGAIN

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 11/18/20

            It’s Advent again, our annual season of hope and re-commitment.  We will read the Advent stories, sing the Advent songs, and listen to the Advent Scriptures.  The pre-Christmas frenzy has officially begun even though merchants have long ago swung into holiday mode.  Out will come our holiday decorations ... Read More »

TEST TIME?

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 11/12/20

   No matter what our age or position in life, much of what we do has some type of an assessment attached.  With every project we undertake, with every job to which we are assigned, and in every position we fill, we are faced with some form of evaluation ... Read More »

NO RISK – NO GAIN

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 11/09/20

   God has graced us with many gifts…talents…blessings, those special and unique skills that bring joy to our lives and the lives of many others.  Some talents we develop and use well, and others we waste and never use at all. As we approach the end of the church ... Read More »

SAVVY TRAVELERS

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 11/02/20

            Experienced travelers know how to plan for a trip.  They understand the steps necessary to travel wisely so that they enjoy their journey with the minimum of detours, accidents, disappointments, and delays.  To experience worry-free travel, we need to be wise enough to put into practice the advice ... Read More »

ALL SAINTS ALL

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 10/27/20

    First came Jesus whose death on the cross showed the world an image of supreme love.  Then came the flood of martyrs in the early church.  By the beginning of the 5th century there were so many of them that the church appointed the first Sunday after ... Read More »

LOVE -- OH, THE POSSIBILITIES!

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 10/20/20

            The word “love” is probably the most over-used word in the English language.  A recent web search found literally millions of “love” sites!  We tend to use “love” so often, in so many circumstances, and for so many reasons, that it has lost its original rather limited meaning.  ... Read More »

BETWEEN GOD AND CAESAR

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 10/13/20

            We all tend to divide our universe into two parts:  God’s part and our part.  God takes care of the sacred, and we are in charge of the secular, the daily happenings of our lives.  Much of our time is spent dealing with these daily events while we ... Read More »

COME TO THE FEAST

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 10/05/20

       Dining experiences have undergone a vast change since biblical times.  Living as nomadic people on barren terrain in a brutal climate made it difficult to provide the simplest of meals.  The idea of a sumptuous free banquet was appealing to everyone and was recognized as a ... Read More »

BE FRUITFUL

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 9/29/20

This is the third week where the vineyard becomes the setting for our Gospel parable. 

While 21 Century listeners have little knowledge of vineyards especially in Wisconsin, many first century followers of Jesus knew well the effort required to work and maintain a fruitful vineyard.  The vineyard was a ... Read More »