Joseph S. Pagano

The Rev. Joseph S. Pagano is an Episcopal priest who serves in the Anglican Parish of Pasadena and Cormack in Newfoundland, Canada. He is a faculty member in theology at Queen’s College in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His most recent book is Common Prayer: Reflections on Episcopal Worship.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Here’s How Much I Love You, Christmas Day (III) – 2016

December 26, 2016

In the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” Paul Newman plays Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp, who refuses to conform to prison life. In a famous scene, Luke tries to escape, but he is caught and dragged back in shackles and brought to the captain of the prison. In order to make a lesson […]

The Test of all Happiness Is Gratitude, Proper 23 (C) – 2016

October 09, 2016

Gratitude has become something of a hot topic among psychologists recently. And what is really interesting is that the research is showing is that gratitude is good for you. It seems as though gratitude has a number of positive benefits and it correlates with higher levels of well-being and health. Grateful people report higher levels […]

Finding Balance, Advent 2 (C) – 2015

December 06, 2015

I’m reading a book right now by a person who really irritates me. I’m not sure that is the right description. She bothers me; she gets under my skin; she makes me cringe. I’m actually surprised that I’m even reading the book. I’ve never met her but I saw her at a conference once. I […]

A Second Chance, a Clean Heart, Lent 5 (B) – 2015

March 22, 2015

In today’s psalm we prayed, “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” In Milwaukee, St. Luke’s Hospital is renowned for its cardiac care. Next door, there is a church that has a large lighted cross that can be seen by patients. Over the years, the church has […]

A Glowing Oven Full Of Love, Trinity Sunday (A) – 2014

June 15, 2014

Well, friends, today is Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year when we ponder the mystery of the Triune God, how God is Three in One and One in Three. It is also the day when, throughout the world, rectors usually decide that it is a good Sunday for their assistants to preach. Ask […]

Intensifying the Law, Epiphany 6 (A) – 2014

February 16, 2014

In the moral life, we can think of commandments in at least a couple of ways. One way to think of a commandment is as a rule by which we can evaluate the rightness or wrongness of a given action. We might think of a commandment like, “thou shalt not bear false witness” as a […]

The Faith of Joseph, Advent 4 (A) – 2013

December 22, 2013

In our gospel lesson for today, the spotlight falls on Joseph. On this last Sunday of Advent, before we gather to celebrate the birth of Christ, the mystery of God coming to us as a child, we have this story about an ordinary, quiet, faithful man named Joseph. Joseph might have been uncomfortable in the […]

Awaken the Servant, Proper 17 (C) – 2013

September 01, 2013

There is an old story that goes like this: There was a university professor who went searching for the meaning of life. After several years and many miles, he came to the hut of a particularly holy hermit and asked to be enlightened. The holy man invited his visitor into his humble dwelling and began […]

Father, Forgive Them; for They Know Not What They Do, Palm Sunday (C) – 2013

March 24, 2013

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Only in Luke’s gospel do we find this statement of Jesus from the cross. It is a truly remarkable statement. In fact, it may be the most powerful and transformative thing he ever said. And the really amazing thing about this statement is that it […]

This Isn’t the Way It’s Supposed to Be…, Advent 2 (C) – 2012

December 09, 2012

[RCL]: Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4; Canticle 4 or 16; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6 Have you ever thought to yourself, “This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be”? Maybe it was the latest report of rockets falling in Israel. Maybe it was images of the security fence along the West Bank. Maybe it was a […]

The Bread of Life, Proper 16 (B) – 2012

August 26, 2012

Is there anything quite as wonderful as the smell of freshly baked bread? The ingredients are so simple – yeast, flour, eggs, butter, water, salt – but the smell when it comes out of the oven is heavenly. And what could be better than eating fresh hot bread? Slice open a loaf that is still […]

St. John the Baptist (B) – June 25, 2012 John as spiritual massage therapist

June 25, 2012

Today we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. John the Baptist was many things. He was a first-century apocalyptic Jew. He was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He was the forerunner of Christ. But today, on his feast day, let’s think of John as a spiritual massage therapist. An Episcopal priest […]

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