Archive for October, 2013

Friday Trinity 22 – 2 John

Share2 John 2 John is a love letter to a very mysterious lady from the apostle of love, St. John. This lady is, first of all, elect.  She has been chosen by God to belong to Him and to walk in His ways all the days of her life.  This lady evidently has children, and […]

October 31, 2013 | 2 Comments More

Thursday Trinity 22 – Philemon

SharePhilemon What a delight to get to read Philemon.  When left to our own devices, how many of us pick up the Bible one morning and say, “Hmmmm.   I think I’ll read the book of Philemon today!”? But I’m glad to be able to read it this morning and that our lectionary plan to read […]

October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday Trinity 22 – Titus 3

ShareTitus 3 Well, Paul’s done it to us again.  He’s returned to one of his favorite themes, but one that is sometimes contentious for us: good works.  The twin themes of the importance of teaching the apostolic truth and living by good works are here in Titus 3 once more.  Still reeling from the battles […]

October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday Trinity 22 – Titus 2

ShareTitus 2 See?  I told you God’s high standards applied to you and not just to bishops and deacons!  Titus 2 also reminds us that even though the ordained clergy have a very special commission to guard the Word and teach the truth, that doesn’t let other Christians off the hook.  All members of Christ’s […]

October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday Trinity 22 – Titus 1

ShareTitus 1 In a few short verses in Titus, St. Paul establishes the foundation for a good church.  Though his commandments to Titus are not comprehensive, they do give us a crucial and fascinating insight into both the first century Church and into what Paul considered most important.  The two most essential points may be […]

October 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 4:9-22

Share2 Timothy 4:9-22 Because of the extraordinary ministry and character of St. Paul, it is possible at times to get the impression that Paul was in the ministry alone.  But when you read passages like 2 Timothy 4:9ff, you realize how many co-laborers in the faith Paul really had.  Of these, Timothy himself was probably […]

October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Share2 Timothy 4:1-8 Something about me rebels against the phrase “We’re all winners here” when used in the middle of an athletic competition where there are obviously losers.  Maybe it comes from my years of watching the Chicago Cubs, but in a lot of human endeavors it sure doesn’t seem to me as if we […]

October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 3

Share2 Timothy 3 If you are reading these Give Us This Day meditations, then you probably already know the supreme importance of the Holy Scriptures.  For many of us, it is something so deeply ingrained in us that it is as taken for granted as food or air. If you have been reading St. Paul’s […]

October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Share2 Timothy 2:14-26 For years, I spent my life as a Christian focusing on some of the most obvious sins in my own life.  It’s true, that the sin in our lives should be a daily focus, for without acknowledging our sins there can be no confession of sins or repentance, and without these, no […]

October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13

Share2 Timothy 1:15-2:13 At Halloween a lot of people dress up as a variety of monsters and other diverse personae.  Many of us have secret fantasies about who we would really like to be, fantasies about archetypal roles such as heroes, athletes, actors, artists, warriors, kings, scientists, doctors, or entrepreneurs. What St. Paul is asking […]

October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More