Tag: Church

Easter Monday – John 20:1-10

ShareJohn 20:1-10             What a joyful occasion is Easter: the high point of the Church year – the high point of our lives! And yet because we are mere humans, weak and sinful, there is a temptation to let Easter pass by one more year without it changing us in any way.  I therefore challenge […]

March 27, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Maundy Thursday, 2016 – John 17

ShareJohn 17 The Church is the presence of Jesus Christ on the face of the earth. Once again, this is Jesus’ astounding message and prayer for His disciples this morning.  Do you marvel to behold the Son of God born of the Virgin Mary at Christmas time?  Do you rejoice to see that day come […]

March 23, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday in Lent 5 – John 12:12-19

ShareJohn 12:12-19 “Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly and riding on a donkey.” John’s Gospel doesn’t have the word “lowly,” as does Zechariah’s prophecy, but it is the word I most want to focus on this morning.  The disciples did not at this time understand these things.  Only after Jesus was glorified did […]

March 14, 2016 | 1 Comment 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

Tuesday of Epiphany 2 – John 3:22-36

ShareJohn 3:22-36              “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This is a good verse to live by. Oh, it’s not likely to make anyone’s Top 100 verses, but I still think it’s pretty cool.  Isn’t this the essence of the Christian life: that He must increase, but I must decrease? If you think about […]

January 18, 2016 | 1 Comment 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 20, 2015 | 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 30, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 5:1-16

Share1 Timothy 5:1-16 Today, St. Paul teaches us about a little known “office” in the early church: that of widow.  Paul’s extended commandments concerning widows are astonishing in two ways.  The first thing that astonishes me is how seriously the early church took its vocation to provide for widows (see also James 1:27.)  The second […]

October 20, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Monday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Share1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 “Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss” (verse 26.) I’m sorry, but that sounds just plain weird to me.  And it is, at least to my own cultural ears and imagination, rooted in 20th century America. But might such an idea still have significance for us?  Though the cultural differences are […]

September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 16 – 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

Share1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 There are a lot of myths that we receive in American culture that are not necessarily consistent with the life in Christ revealed in the Bible.  One of these is what I call the Myth of Graduation. We like graduations, and with good reason.  Graduations mark the times when we have graduated […]

September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More