Archive for February, 2015

Saturday of the 1st Sunday in Lent – 2 Timothy 2:1-15

Share2 Timothy 2:1-15 A lot of people dress up for Halloween each year 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 […]

February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Ember Friday of 1st Sunday in Lent – Matthew 10:24-42

ShareMatthew 10:24-42 I feel like Jonah running away.  I saw that Matthew 10 was the lesson for this Ember Friday and included the difficult sayings of Jesus.  I thought about meditating instead on how if you just trust God and pray hard enough, He is guaranteed to financially bless you.  Then I gave serious consideration […]

February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 1st Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 4:6-21

Share 1 Corinthians 4 is 1 Corinthians 13 in action.  Because 1 Corinthians 13 is Paul’s great hymn about love, 1 Corinthians 4 is therefore love in action.  Rather than seeing 1 Corinthians 13 as being some highfalutin theology, I see it as a record of the love that Paul has lived in his own […]

February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Ember Wednesday (1st Sunday in Lent) – Matthew 9:1-13

ShareMatthew 9:1-13 What in the world is an Ember Day?  Without going into all the details, Ember Days are days throughout the Church Year in which fasting and prayer are particularly emphasized. Sometimes also giving to the poor is emphasized.  If you take these 3 together: fasting, praying, and giving alms, you have the three […]

February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 1st Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5

Share1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5 Remember all the way back to yesterday?  For some of us, this isn’t as ridiculous of a question as it seems! Yesterday, the Lord was teaching us that we are His holy Temple and His Church: the people that He inhabits through His Holy Spirit.  Because this is who we are, God […]

February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Quinquagesima Sunday – 1 Corinthians 2

Share 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: No one knows the things of a man except the spirit […]

February 20, 2015 | 1 Comment 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 19, 2015 | 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 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 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 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More