Archive for December, 2012

The Circumcision of Christ – Luke 2:15-21

ShareThe Circumcision of Christ – Luke 2:15-21 Happy New Year! Although the lesson from today’s daily lectionary is taken from Ephesians 2:11-22, since today is the celebration of the Circumcision of Christ, I’m choosing to write about the lesson related to that event, which we celebrate on January 1.  There is one, unobtrusive verse in […]

December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments More

December 31 – 1 John 2:18-29

ShareDecember 31 – 1 John 2:18-29 St. John’s message this morning is a timely one, coming as it does at the end of another civil year.  December 31 is a time to contemplate the sorrows and joys of the previous year, to anticipate with hope the new year, to examine ourselves for what we did […]

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December 29 – 1 John 1

ShareDecember 29 – 1 John 1 1 John 1 could be called the Gospel of St. John because in it is contained the essence of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The good news Great News is that God has made it possible for man to have eternal life with the Father.  Before, this was […]

December 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Feast of the Holy Innocents – December 28 – Matthew 18:1-14

ShareFeast of the Holy Innocents – Matthew 18:1-14 With the Feast of the Holy Innocents, we come to the third of three celebrations of martyrs, or those who gave their lives for the Christ who gave His life for them.  St. Stephen was put to death, a willing martyr for Jesus Christ; St. John was a […]

December 27, 2012 | 2 Comments More

St. John the Evangelist Day – December 27 – John 13:20-26, 31-35

ShareSt. John the Evangelist Day – December 27 – John 13:20-26, 31-35 I love St. John, for He is the apostle of love and the disciple whom Jesus loved! At the Last Supper, as with the Lord’s Supper, the stakes of life are raised.  The sheep become most clearly sheep who are fed by the […]

December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More

St. Stephen’s Day – December 26 – Acts 7:55-60

ShareDecember 26 – Acts 7:55-60 Those of you who are following the Prayer Book lectionary will recognize that I have taken this morning’s lesson from the Epistle Lesson appointed for St. Stephen’s Day, and not from the daily lectionary.  We are entering a brief but intense period in the lectionary when there are many special […]

December 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Christmas Day – Luke 2:1-20

ShareLuke 2:1-20 (The inspiration for this meditation came from Ephraim the Syrian, a 4th century Christian who wrote several excellent Nativity Hymns.) At Christmas the question sometimes arises, “What do you get for the man who has everything?”  For us, the question is, “What should we give to a God who has everything and has […]

December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Advent 4 – Luke 1:1-25

ShareLuke 1:1-25 I love the opening of St. Luke’s Gospel because I feel, even more than in the other Gospels, that St. Luke is talking to me.  “You talkin’ to me?  You talkin’ to me?” we ask. St. Luke’s answer (which is really God’s) is, simply, “Yes.” Why do I feel as if St. Luke […]

December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Advent 3 – Matthew 9:35-10:15

ShareMatthew 9:35-10:15 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” The compassion of Jesus never fails to move me to compassion.  I want to see what He and feel what He felt, and what He saw was a multitude […]

December 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday Advent 3 – 2 Corinthians 5:5–21

Share2 Corinthians 5:5–21 Christ was born of flesh that we might be born of the Spirit. This is the message this morning, as the birth pangs of Christmas and miracle of the Incarnation come even closer to us.  St. Paul doesn’t deal directly with the Incarnation here in 2 Corinthians 5, but in the context […]

December 20, 2012 | 3 Comments More