Sermons by Karen Calafat

Sermons by Karen Calafat

What you focus on will grow

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 17, 2021. —– Epiphany 2B.2021 John Lewis, civil rights icon, a contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s and longtime U.S. Congressman, said, “Through nonviolence, courage displaces fear, love transforms hate.  Acceptance dissipates prejudice, hope ends despair. Peace dominates war, faith reconciles doubt. Mutual regard cancels enmity. Justice for all overthrows injustice.  The redemptive community supersedes systems of gross…

In the midst of the mess

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the online worship service for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020. ———— Advent 4B December 20, 2020 A dad sat down with his 4-year-old, hoping to teach the true meaning of Christmas.  They began the project of assembling a cardboard cutout nativity scene: stable, manger, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, sheep, and shepherds.  “Fold on the dotted line,” the directions said, “Place tab A in slot B,” and…

Prepare the way of the Lord

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020. ———————– Advent 2B.2020                        “Prepare the way of the Lord.  In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord.” These are the prophetic words from Isaiah that are echoed in the Gospel of Mark.  “Prepare the way of the Lord.” And just how do we do that? On this Second Sunday of Advent, when we find…

“Are you God?”

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King, November 22, 2020. —————————- One cold winter’s day a 10-year-old boy was standing barefoot in front of a shoe store, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and asked him what he was doing. “I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” he said. The lady took him by the hand and went…

The revolution of love

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the diocesan worship service for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 25, 2020. ———————- Sermon Proper 25A October 25, 2020 I watched a documentary a few days ago that has stayed with me.  It was visually stunning – beautiful beyond words.  Not only has it caused me to give up calamari forever, but also to consider love in a broader way.  Craig Foster,…

“Give us scoundrels your grace”

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Sunday, October 4, 2020. ———————- St. Francis’ Day Homily Karen A. Calafat Ah, St. Francis, that nature-loving, joyful saint who frolicked through the forests and fields of the Italian countryside, preaching to the birds and bunnies and any creature that would listen.  Stories are told of Francis being in the woods of Mount…

Wilderness, a place of encounter

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the diocesan worship service on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Third Sunday of the Creation Series, on September 20, 2020. ————————- Creation 3:3 – Wilderness September 20, 2020 Today is Wilderness Sunday.  I drew the lucky straw in getting to preach on Wilderness for our Creation Series where we set aside the four Sundays in September to examine various aspects of the…

Who do you say Jesus is?

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth; and the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, gave in the form of a fireside chat for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost on August 23, 2020. —————— The 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16A, August 23rd, 2020 Webcast Conversation between the Rev’s. Karen Calafat and Kevin Johnson  Kevin Johnson: Well, good morning. Thank you all for being here this morning. COVID is…

The other way

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 2, 2020. ————————— Proper 13A August 2, 2020 Alexander had a bad day, as a matter of fact, he had a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”  From the moment he awakened to find last night’s bubble gum stuck in his hair, to lunch at school where his mom forgot to put a dessert in his lunch box,…

Sower of hope

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 12, 2020. ———————– Proper 10A July 12, 2020 A mother read her little boy stories from the Bible every night at bedtime.  As he got older, he began to recognize the stories, but rather than being tired of them, he said, “We have heard this one before.  Let’s see what we can hear new in it this time.” Today’s…

Be a helper

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service on the Second Sunday after Pentecost, July 14, 2020. —————– Proper 6A June 14, 2020 Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood gave his mother a lot of credit for inspiring his compassionate work.  He said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are…

Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan online worship service for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. —————————————– Easter 6A May 17, 2020 “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love.” This is a line from Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony Acceptance speech.  He is the author of the Broadway hit Hamilton.  Other lines from this sonnet speech seem poignant to our current lives in a pandemic, in this season…

Shining through

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, rector of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the diocesan online worship service on the Third Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2020. ——————————— Easter 3A April 26, 2020 Barbara Brown Taylor, a wonderful theologian and author, reminds us Jesus gravitates toward those whose lives are split open, either by sickness or loss or disappointment. It is in the cracks of our humanity that divine, resurrected life shines brightest. On…

Jesus offers relationship

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, rector of St.Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the Diocesan Morning Prayer service offered via Facebook Live from St. Luke’s in the Meadow on Sunday, March 22, 2020. ——————-   Lent 4A March 22, 2020 The Reverend Karen A. Calafat The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church Good Morning!  I am glad you tuned in today.  There is something powerful about being together even…