Archive for January, 2016

Monday of Sexagesima Sunday – Galatians 3:19-29

ShareMonday of Sexagesima Sunday – Galatians 3:19-29 I love the considerable time I’ve spent teaching children.  I remember that one of the memories that motivated me to become a teacher was an experience in tutoring that I had in 4th grade.  There was a kid in my class named Ulitt Johnson, and the teacher had […]

January 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 3:10-18

ShareGalatians 3:10-18 We’ve all heard of curses before, for they are the stuff of legends.  They say there was the Curse of the Bambino, so that the Red Sox were cursed from being able to win the World Series.  For reasons still unknown, that “curse” has been lifted, and they have now won the W.S. […]

January 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 3:1-9

ShareGalatians 3:1-9 Paul is so abundantly clear on the point that we are not justified by the works of the Law but by faith in Jesus Christ and that we receive the Spirit by faith and not by the Law that I won’t spend much time on it here.  In a different age, I would […]

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 2:11-21

ShareGalatians 2:11-21 Theologically, I say with St. Paul that “a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ.”  Devotionally, which is to say theologically in a personal and applied way, I say with St. Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who […]

January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 2:1-10

ShareGalatians 2:1-10 Here, as is true so often, St. Paul demonstrates a principle that I have adopted as principle by which I live.  The principle is this: “Be inflexible in the essential things in life and flexible in the less essential things.” Paul is absolutely clear that Jesus Christ has revealed to him that not […]

January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 1:11-24

ShareGalatians 1:11-24             “But it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (verse 15). This is an absolutely amazing statement!  But how many times have you read the book of Galatians and not […]

January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 1:1-10

ShareGalatians 1:1-10 Heresy begins not in the head but in the heart.  Show me a heretic, and most likely I’ll show you someone in rebellion against God.  Naturally, there are some who through ignorance follow false teachers.  But usually a turn from correct doctrine is a direct turn from God. This seems to be Paul’s […]

January 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Epiphany 2 – John 4:43-54

ShareJohn 4:43-54 How many of you would like to participate in a miracle this morning? What?  Only a few of you? Let me see your hands: how many of you would like to participate in a miracle this morning?  (Hmmmm.  It’s more difficult to count virtual hands than I’d anticipated!) Good!  Keep that in mind […]

January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Epiphany 2 – John 4:27-42

ShareJohn 4:27-42 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” If you’ve read the New Testament enough times, this saying may be familiar to you.  It may, regrettably, be so familiar to you that little meaning remains in it for you. But when Jesus says in […]

January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – John 4:15-26

ShareJohn 4:15-26 Imagine that you are living in the first century, before the advent of Jesus Christ.  You are a Jew, or a Samaritan, and you have the Old Testament and you believe it is the oracle of God.  And so you understand that God has promised a Messiah, as even the Samaritan woman at […]

January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More