Archive for February, 2013

Monday of 1st Sunday after Lent – 1 Corinthians 3:1-17

Share1 Corinthians 3:1-17 “You are the temple of God,” and “the Spirit of God dwells in you.” “We are God’s fellow workers,” and “you are God’s building.” What shall we make of these most amazing and exhilarating of words? As Christians, these are probably not new concepts to us, but I wonder how often we […]

February 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Quinquagesima Sunday – 1 Corinthians 2

Share1 Corinthians 2 St. Paul is making a very important argument here in I Corinthians 2, but if we treat the Bible as a collection of individual verses to cherry pick for argumentation or meditation, we’ll miss his point.  He seems to be arguing like this: 1.  No one knows the things of a man […]

February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Quinquagesima Sunday – 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Share1 Corinthians 1:18-31 “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord” (verse 31.) In the second half of I Corinthians 1, St. Paul gives us the other side of God’s grace, which is our humility.  So that we don’t take God’s good gifts and claim that we have gotten them for ourselves, Paul makes […]

February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday after Ash Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 1:1-17

Share1 Corinthians 1:1-17 Surprise!  Surprise!  St. Paul begins a letter of his by talking about the grace of God.  Paul is talking about grace, even when that may not appear to be the theological point he is making.  Paul begins his letter with the grace of God because that is the way the salvation has […]

February 13, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Ash Wednesday – Hebrews 12:1-17

ShareHebrews 12:1-17 Hebrews Chapter 12 is the crescendo of the majestic and glorious symphony of themes that the writer of Hebrews has been conducting.  I wish the lectionary divided it up into smaller movements because there is so much to meditate on. Chapter 11 is the astounding Hall of Faith, an amphitheater filled with our […]

February 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Quinquagesima Sunday – Mark 10:1-16

ShareMark 10:1-16 “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.  And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” These are very strong words that Jesus has spoken, and we must take them seriously.  Knowing that God has created marriage and that He hates divorce, we should take […]

February 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Quinquagesima Sunday – Mark 9:38-50

ShareMark 9:38-50 Hell!  No, I’m not saying this as a curse but as a reminder of this terrible place.  Hell is an idea that has been tamed.  The fact that we can so easily say “Hell!” as a curse, and not as an exclamation about the place of God’s judgment, is an indicator that our […]

February 10, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Saturday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:30-37

ShareMark 9:30-37 “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (verse 35.) This is basic Christianity.  Christianity 101. And yet so many Christians keep flunking out of this most basic of courses.  This is because, unlike simply memorizing the Creeds or a catechism, this course is a […]

February 4, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:14-29

ShareMark 9:14-29 Today we hear another lesson about the growth of the disciples of Jesus Christ, which means us.  Faith and faithfulness are not an On/Off switch so that you either perfectly have faith or perfectly don’t.  Our faith is partial most of the time: it is not perfect yet.  For this reason, it is […]

February 4, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:2-13

ShareMark 9:2-13 My all-time favorite opening sentence from a work of fiction has to be the first line from Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  It goes like this: “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” Kafka proceeds in a perfectly deadpan fashion to […]

February 4, 2013 | 0 Comments More