Russell Schulz-Widmar, associate professor emeritus of Church Music at Seminary of the Southwest, asked my permission several years ago to include a meditation that I had written on the hymn, Profetiza, as part of his book, Praises Abound, published in 2012.  Russell’s book is a compendium of reflections and meditations written by his students and … read more

Mega-Trends in Latino Ministry

By the Rev. Al Rodriguez How often does one get the opportunity to present a workshop on Mega-Trends in Latino Ministry?  I had the good fortune to do this as the representative of Seminary of the Southwest at a recent ecumenical conference for church planters in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The conference included Latinos from across the […]

Encountering our “Borderlands”

The January Encuentro is a required three-week course for all M.Div. Juniors and is designed, in part, to connect students with those issues and challenges specifically related to Latino congregations. Equally important, the course also exposes them to the unique problems related to the U.S.-Mexican border, such as undocumented immigration, deportation, unaccompanied refugee children, stark […]

The Rev. Al Rodriguez

Tuesday, December 15 Psalm 45; Zechariah 2:1-13; Matthew 24:32-44   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rev. Al Rodriguez Advent Meditation Nine days before Christmas is just about the time that even the most ardent observer of the Advent season is tempted to peek ahead to the stable, the manger and […]

The Metaphor of the Prism

The Pew Research Center has recently reported on the “Nones,” that demographic segment that states that they have no preference for any religious affiliation. Some of these Nones, however, state that they are still concerned about some form of spirituality. Perhaps, then, there is still a good possibility that we can engage them on a […]

Se Habla Hospitality

As the Episcopal Church comes together in Salt Lake City for its General Convention, it will be touching on many aspects of its Latino ministry. The good news is that it can point to many success stories, especially among the immigrant and first generation Latinos who now worship in mission congregations and Episcopal churches throughout […]

Is Christ the King Sunday still relevant?

It has been only 89 years since Pope Pious XI instituted the festival day of Christ the King, or more accurately, the day of “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.” This Sunday festival is a dramatic, theological exclamation point, which brings to a close the liturgical year. Inherent in this quite lofty title is Matthew’s apocalyptic vision of Jesus coming into his glory as he prepares for the last judgment, dispensing punishment on his left and reward to those on his right.

It is interesting to note that we now understand that Pope Pious XI’s underlying reason for reminding the faithful of Jesus’ kingly role was not necessarily a liturgical announcement of the imminent season of Advent. It was more of a preemptive strike against an alarming increase in secularity and the very real threat posed by the then, fledgling Italian kingdom which was threatening to usurp the Vatican’s sovereignty and land mass. It was in part a political encyclical saying, “careful you earthy evildoers, you too will be judged by the real King.”

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

In the name of Jesucristo.  Amen. 

"This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"  Now repeat after me and say it like you mean it:   "This is the day the Lord has made…. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"   By God,  I'll make joyful Christians out of you yet!! 


Now I want all of you to turn to Psalm 100 and I want us to say it together and say it like you mean it, with a loud voice and your lungs full of joyful air!  Psalm 100