Archive for November, 2013

Tuesday of Trinity 25 – 1 Peter 3:13-22

Share1 Peter 3:13-22  What’s the answer to the problem of suffering?  Sanctify the Lord in your heart. Like St. James and St. Paul and Jesus Himself – pretty much the whole New Testament – St. Peter assumes that there will be suffering in this world for the Christian.  Theologically, there is the so-called problem of […]

November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 25 – 1 Peter 4:1-6

Share1 Peter 4:1-6 THWACK! ! ! Do you know what that sound is? It’s the sound of one of God’s cosmic “spankings.”  Though our first instinct is naturally to cry, it’s a cosmic mistake to misinterpret one of God’s spankings.  So let’s get rid of a few misconceptions about God’s spankings right here and now.  […]

November 17, 2013 | 2 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 4

SharePhilippians 4 Rejoice – for the Lord is at hand! I like to think of myself as saying this in a kind of John the Baptist voice (a la “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”), only with joy instead of penitence. Yes, even in Advent, we can experience joy.  Of course, in […]

November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 3

SharePhilippians 3 What is it about St. Paul that makes him so radical, so hardcore? What has possessed him so that he seems like a fanatic even to Christians? Some, such as Communists, become fanatics for the sake of an idea or an ideology.  Some become fanatics out of fear.  But St. Paul has shown […]

November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 2:19-30

SharePhilippians 2:19-30 I want to be in one of St. Paul’s churches!  I want to be in a church where joy in Christ is found.  I want to be in a church where members consider themselves ministers of the mysteries of God and who boldly assert that, “For me to live is Christ!”  I want […]

November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 1:27-2:18

SharePhilippians 1:27-2:18 Second verse, same as the first.  Once again, St. Paul has chosen to talk about love which is to talk about humility.  There is so much to feast upon in this morning’s lesson that I wish I had two days or more.  Perhaps the best advice I could give you would be to […]

November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 1:12-26

SharePhilippians 1:12-26             We all know that to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves are the 2 greatest commandments. But what is love?  Saying this, I sound a little like the alien women in episodes of the original Star Trek series, in which they are […]

November 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 1:1-11

SharePhilippians 1:1-11 In spite of all the other elements in the story, The Lord of the Rings is perhaps a story more about fellowship than anything else.  In fact, the second volume of the trilogy is even called The Fellowship of the Ring. In that story, great fellowship takes place among many different kinds of […]

November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday Trinity 23 – Colossians 3:18-4:18

ShareColossians 3:18-4:18 Today St. Paul confronts us with one of the most difficult but most important of Christian teachings: humility and contentment.  Verse 18 through 4:1 are really part 2 of what Paul had to say yesterday in verse 17 regarding doing all things in the name of the Lord and giving thanks to God […]

November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday Trinity 23 – Colossians 3:12-17

ShareColossians 3:12-17 Yesterday, we heard about putting on the New Man and the work of sanctification.  In Colossians 3:12-17, St. Paul gives us more detailed advice for how to put on Jesus Christ. I believe that God is the Creator of all and that Satan can only corrupt.  I imagine Him looking at what God […]

November 7, 2013 | 2 Comments More