Archive for November, 2012

Tuesday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 1:12-26

SharePhilippians 1:12-26             We all know that to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves are the 2 greatest commandments. But what is love?  Saying this, I sound a little like the alien women in episodes of the original Star Trek series, in which they are […]

November 19, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Monday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 1:1-11

SharePhilippians 1:1-11 In spite of all the other elements in the story, The Lord of the Rings is perhaps a story more about fellowship than anything else.  In fact, the second volume of the trilogy is even called The Fellowship of the Ring. In that story, great fellowship takes place among many different kinds of […]

November 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 23 – Matthew 27:1-10

ShareMatthew 27:1-10 He had been plotting it for weeks now, the evil thing that had to be done.  For some time he had grown frustrated and disappointed at the sharp difference between what was promised and what was.  It wasn’t at all what he had bargained for, he told himself, and so he had the […]

November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 23 – Matthew 26:57-75

ShareMatthew 26:57-75 “What do you think of this Jesus?” Careful how you answer! They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.”  Then they spat in His face and beat Him, and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ!  Who is the one who struck you? Really?  What […]

November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 23 – Matthew 26:47-56

ShareMatthew 26:47-56 Today we come to the Word of God. When we say “the Word of God,” we often use it in 2 different senses of the Word.  We say, on the one hand, that the Bible is the Word of God.  In its strongest sense, we see this when the prophets say things like, […]

November 14, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 23 – Matthew 26:31-46

ShareMatthew 26:31-46 We know that Jesus was constantly in prayer, but we don’t have many of His prayers written down for us.  He’s left us the prayer, of course, in the Lord’s Prayer.  We have what is called the high priestly prayer of John 17.  But today I’m especially glad for His prayer in the […]

November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 23 – Matthew 26:17-30

ShareMatthew 26:17-30     One of my favorite painters is the surrealist Salvador Dali.  In 1976 Dali painted a painting titled “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Metres Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,” (commonly called “Lincoln in Dalivision).  In this painting, he used 252 tiles that when seen up close look like his wife, […]

November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 23 – Matthew 26:1-16

ShareMatthew 26:1-16 In Matthew, we have been climbing God’s holy hill.  The going has been rough lately, actually ever since Peter made his profession and Jesus began to teach about His coming death.  But Jesus’ words on the coming destruction of the Old Covenant and Temple have been even a little tougher to get through.  […]

November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:31-46

ShareMatthew 25:31-46             We Americans are the richest people who have ever lived.  I’m using statistics that are now almost a decade old (and I think these numbers are even higher), but 34% of our families own 2 TVs, and 40% own 3 or more.  Our average family has 2 cars, while 18.7% of us […]

November 9, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:14-30

ShareMatthew 25:14-30 Having paid close attention to the last 3 chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, this parable strikes me in a different way today.  Jesus is still talking in that long red-letter passage about when “these things shall be,” of which the disciples inquired.  He’s still talking about what He is about to do: His Crucifixion, […]

November 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More