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July 5, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

Come Holy Spirit:  Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you. Amen. On March 6, 2005, I entered this Cathedral for the first time as your bishop.  Those of you who were here may remember that […]

June 23, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

Over the last twelve years, the rhythm of my life and ministry has been the Sunday visitation. Each week begins early on Sunday morning—sometimes even the previous night, or before the sun comes up, depending on the distance to be traveled. What a rich and varied experience it has been to worship with you from […]

May 4, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

April 30, 2017 St. George’s Day Evensong St. Paul’s Cathedral Matthew 10: 16-22 Come Holy Spirit:  Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you.  AMEN. This is always quite a day.  A bit of a parade, […]

April 7, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

Beloved in Christ, The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of our faith. While we hold as dear the teaching of Jesus and are awed by the power of his miracles, these things only have their divine power in light of the cross and the resurrection. We are defined by the proclamation, […]

March 20, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

O God, you have sent angels, prophets and sages to tell your people to not be afraid. In these tender times, there is much to fear in the world. We sense our own vulnerability and see danger and evil all around. Quicken in our hearts the courage to greet this day without fear so that […]

February 13, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

Dear Friends in Christ, At the General Convention in 2006, my friend and colleague, Duncan Gray, bishop of Mississippi, noted that we are all interim bishops. We form a bridge between those who have gone before us and those who will follow. Over the last twelve years, it has been the privilege of a lifetime […]

January 30, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

The last nine days have been a disquieting and dizzying display of presidential action in Mr. Trump’s first days in office. It is difficult for us to find focus as he occupies the media space railing about the size of the inauguration crowd and making unsubstantiated claims regarding voter fraud. From a public policy perspective, […]

January 3, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

“In just a few days, we will celebrate the feast of the epiphany and then be launched into that season of epiphany where increasingly Jesus is, more and more, revealed to us as the messiah. Through his teaching, through the miracles that he performs as he calls his first disciples, we see who he is, […]

December 30, 2016 | by Jim Mathes

Christmas Eve, 2016 St. Paul’s Cathedral San Diego, California Isaiah 9: 2-7 Luke 2: 1-14 Come Holy Spirit:  Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you.  AMEN. I. I had another sermon written for tonight.  I […]

December 16, 2016 | by Jim Mathes

Bishop Mathes’ Christmas Message for 2016: “In the early morning I always walk my dog and I usually come down this road here on our way to Shelter Island to capture the early morning sunrise and the beauty of San Diego. . . If I’m focused on that, if I’m focused on my own things […]