Archive for September, 2013

Tuesday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:22-27

ShareJames 1:22-27 None of us likes people who say one thing and do another.  In fact, some of our harshest criticism is for those who not only sin or do what is wrong but also do it in violation of what they themselves proclaim. We have a word for such people: hypocrites. To some extent […]

September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:12-21

ShareJames 1:12-21 There is an incredible riddle hidden in the English translations of James 1, wrapped in the mystery of God’s wisdom, inside the enigma of the Greek language.  This riddle is why the Greek word peirasmos is translated “trial” in verse 2 but “temptation” in verses 12-14.  It is the same word, and yet […]

September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 17th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:1-11

ShareJames 1:1-11             Et tu, James?  You, too, along with St. Paul are commanding me to rejoice in my trials? To which St. James replies simply: “Exactly.” I welcome the break from St. Paul’s weighty letters, hoping to catch a breather from his demanding gospel, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the apostolic […]

September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18

Share2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 I get upset when I hear of those who call themselves Christians and yet insist on their right to disobey God – and I’ll bet you do too.  As an Anglican, in the past few years I’ve heard a lot of self-professed Christians insist that homosexuality is not a sin – in […]

September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Share2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 I had a long, hard day yesterday.  I wanted to wake up this morning and have somebody pat me on the back and say what a good boy I’ve been.  I wanted someone to fawn all over me. But no-o-o-o! Once again, St. Paul has to go and make it all about […]

September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Share2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 There are a number of interpretations of what St. Paul is referring to when he speaks of the Day of the Lord, the son of perdition, and other things.  To do justice to presenting my own understanding would detract from the devotional nature of these meditations, and yet it is necessary in […]

September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 1

Share2 Thessalonians 1 Today, class, we’re going to have a lesson in logic.  (Oops!  I taught school for 18 years, and old habits die hard.) My twin brother Danny over the years has trained himself to think in syllogisms, which is an astounding feat, given the innate messiness and non-linear nature of the human brain.  […]

September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Share1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 “Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss” (verse 26.) I’m sorry, but that sounds just plain weird to me.  And it is, at least to my own cultural ears and imagination, rooted in 20th century America. But might such an idea still have significance for us?  Though the cultural differences are […]

September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Share1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.  We are not of the night nor darkness.” With these simple words, St. Paul encapsulates the boundary between all human time: BC and AD – before Christ and anno Domini (in the year of our Lord.)  One of the fundamental […]

September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Share1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 St. Paul, as we have seen in 2 Corinthians, is a firm believer in dealing head on with the hardships of life.  In fact, Paul is the one who, having suffered more than most others, can say that he takes pleasure in his infirmities.  He has a doctrine that accepts suffering as […]

September 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More