Archive for May, 2013

Tuesday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 11:15-19

ShareRevelation 11:15-19 In Revelation 11, St. John continues his theme of the destruction of the Old Covenant and the birth of the New Covenant.  The Mystery of God has been accomplished (or revealed), as the gospel is preached (Revelation 10:7).  What is this Mystery?  It is the revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  According […]

May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 5

ShareRevelation 5 I wish I knew more songs.  Actually, I probably know a few thousand (and probably 200 or so just from the Beatles), and at home, I’m always seizing a shard from some song I know and mutating the words weirdly to fit something one of the kids has said.  They say to me, […]

May 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 5th Sunday after Easter – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:52

Share2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 Let’s give thanks to God for His kingdom and His power and His glory revealed in us.  Let’s show the world His kingdom and power and glory by leading holy, Spirit-filled, Word-filled lives! Today’s passage is an interesting one because instead of praising the Thessalonians as he has done before, Paul gives […]

May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 5th Sunday after Easter – Romans 8:31-39

ShareRomans 8:31-39 These verses at the end of Romans 8 are among the most comforting and calming in all of Scripture.  But before we get to what seem like unconditional promises that St. Paul makes on behalf of Jesus Christ, we should look at the larger context of the passage.  At the beginning of Romans […]

May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Ascension Day – Acts 1:1-11

ShareActs 1:1-11 Why did Christ ascend into heaven?  Out of all the important things Jesus did, it’s one of the few that we recite every week in the Creeds.  But Ascension Day itself is often forgotten, sandwiched in on a Thursday (40 days after the Resurrection) and overshadowed by Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. I want […]

May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of 5th Sunday after Easter (Rogation Wednesday) – 1 John 5:5-15

Share1 John 5:5-15 The word “Rogation” means “asking,” or “praying,” and the three Rogation Days (the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week) are traditionally days of special prayer, particularly for God’s blessing on the spring planting and on the land we live in. The sad fact of our existence is that while God created […]

May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 5th Sunday after Easter – Matthew 6:24-34

ShareMatthew 6:24-34 “You cannot serve two masters.” You’ve heard the saying, from the old Westerns: “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.” Well, your life ain’t big enough for 2 opposing masters. You cannot serve both God and wealth, and you cannot serve both God and self. So who’s your master?  Who […]

May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 5th Sunday after Easter – Matthew 6:5-15

ShareMatthew 6:5-15 I love antiques and artifacts.  I love going to museums and experiencing their artifacts.  I feel tangibly closer to dinosaurs or mummies, to van Gogh or Van Eyck, when in a museum.  I love old books and how they smell and their sturdy yellow pages and the fact that they connect me with […]

May 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 4th Sunday after Easter – Hebrews 13:17-25

ShareHebrews 13:17-25 “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, […]

May 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 4th Sunday after Easter – Hebrews 13:9-16

ShareHebrews 13:9-16 Ask the average American kid what his favorite food is, and he’s likely to say, “pizza.”  Ask Fr. Charles what his favorite food is, and he’s likely to say the same.  Actually, I do have other favorite foods.  I love sautéed mushrooms, which, providentially, I discovered while consuming a pizza topped with mushrooms.  […]

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