Category: Give Us This Day

Saturday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 8:26-40

ShareActs 8:26-40 “’Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ This is desert.  So he arose and went.” “’Go near and overtake this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’” Do you […]

May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 8:5-25

ShareActs 8:5-25 Was the stoning of St. Stephen a good or a bad thing? Let me re-phrase that: was the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ a good or a bad thing? The two events are one and the same, united as they are by the Holy Spirit and the unity that Christ promised between Himself and […]

May 22, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 7:54-8:4

ShareActs 7:54-8:4 The Church, as the Body of Christ, is to continue to say and do the things Jesus Christ came to earth to say and do.  St. Stephen was a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, an example for all Christians, for he followed his Master in all things.  I can’t think of anyone better […]

May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Pentecost Sunday (Trinity Eve) – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Share2 Corinthians 13:5-14 In St. Paul’s final words of the two letters we have of his to the Corinthian church, Paul speaks of power and weakness in the Kingdom of God, especially as it relates to Christian ministry.  For those who are familiar with St. Paul’s writings, it will come as no surprise (even if […]

May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Pentecost Sunday (Ember Friday) – Acts 6

ShareActs 6 Congratulations!  You’ve just been promoted.  You’ve just been promoted from layman to deacon.  Hoorah! Of course, it doesn’t entail a pay raise, and I should tell you that it does mean extra hours and little gratitude.  You do get to add an extra title to your name: “Deacon,” or in churches that follow […]

May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Pentecost – Acts 5:12-42

ShareActs 5:12-42 There are 2 voices in your head. There are 2 guys perched on your shoulder, telling you what to do. We’ve all seen them in the movies and the cartoons – but face it: you’ve got those 2 guys on your shoulders as well. But don’t feel bad, so did the apostles of […]

May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Pentecost (Ember Wednesday) – Acts 5:1-11

ShareActs 5:1-11 If you’re keeping score at home (that is, following the 1928 Prayer Book lectionary), you’ll notice that I’ve pulled a fast one on you.  I’m reading and meditating on Acts 5:1-11, instead of 5:12-28.  Furthermore, tomorrow, I’ll be doing 5:12-42, and not just verses 29-42. Why?  In reality, it’s the compilers of the […]

May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Pentecost (Whit Tuesday) – Acts 4:23-37

ShareActs 4:23-37 Compared to the early church – you’re all a bunch of secularists!  (And so am I.) First, a word about secularization.  I’ve done a lot of reading about the sociology of religion and have begun to now read church history more earnestly.  To my surprise, the Church is always in a mess.  But, […]

May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Pentecost (Whit Monday) – Acts 4:13-22

ShareActs 4:13-22 “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” This is my favorite verse in the Bible.  Yes, yes.  I know that I’ve said in the past that it was Psalm 27:4, I mean Ephesians 2:6, er uh Matthew 16:24.  No, no – I mean 2 Corinthians 4:7 and 2 […]

May 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Whitsun Eve (Day Before Pentecost) – Romans 8:12-18

ShareRomans 8:12-18 There is a lot of talk today about spirituality.  Everyone is seeking it.  Everyone wants it. But what is it? One definition that has been offered by a scholar who teaches classes on spirituality is that spirituality is “Striving for self-transcendence by seeking ultimate meaning.” Now who wouldn’t want that?  Doesn’t everyone want […]

May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More