Tag: Fr. Charles Erlandson

Holy Innocents – Mark 10:13-16, 23-31

Share I find it helpful in understanding the love Jesus has for children to remember that I am a child of God.  Jesus loves the little children as children, but He especially loves all who come to Him as children, regardless of age. The main point about children and their relationship to Jesus, in the […]

December 27, 2015 | 2 Comments More

St. Stephen’s Day – Acts 7:59-8:8

ShareActs 7:59-8:8 How blessed St. Stephen was to be the first Christian martyr, and how blessed the world was by his faithful witness and life!  At the end of St. Stephen’s life, it becomes clear that he died like Jesus Christ: speaking the Truth in love, gazing into Heaven, asking the Father to receive His […]

December 22, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Christmas Day – 1 John 4:7-14

Share1 John 4:7-14             Merry Christmas! By now you’ve heard sermons and messages about Matthew and Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ.  By now, for some of you, Christmas is pretty much over.  But in reality, it’s just beginning!  I seem to remember something about the 12 days of Christmas.  Actually, now the […]

December 22, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Christmas Eve – Matthew 1:18-25

ShareMatthew 1:18-25 Emmanuel – “God with us.”  That is the great theme of Christmas. When God became man, even His infant presence brought blessing to all who beheld Him.  We think of faithful Anna, ministering at the temple, and of Simeon.  John the Baptist kicked in the womb when he felt the presence of Mary […]

December 22, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of the Fourth Sunday in Advent – Revelation 21:9-27

ShareRevelation 21:9-27 I love playing the word association game.  If someone says “Light,” then I might say “Dark.”  If they say “Black,” I might say “White.”  Actually, knowing me, I’ll go out of my way to find something to say other than the obvious.  If you said “White,” I’d be more likely to say something […]

December 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the Fourth Sunday in Advent – Revelation 21:1-8

ShareRevelation 21:1-8 Initial, progressive, final.  Remember that: it will help you understand how Revelation can actually be a revelation of Jesus Christ in your life.  Too often, we approach St. John’s Revelation as if it were St. John’s Obfuscation.  I can hear it now: “The first lesson is taken from the twenty-first chapter of The […]

December 21, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Saturday of 3rd Sunday in Advent – Hebrews 4:14-5:10

ShareHebrews 4:14-5:10 Do you remember the vision of Jesus Christ that St. John had in Revelation 1?  I want that image to be seared into your memory forever.  Maybe we should all go out and stare at the sun for a few seconds to remind us of who Jesus really is.  He is not the […]

December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 3rd Sunday in Advent – 2 Timothy 3:14-4:8

Share2 Timothy 3:14-4:8 The lesson this morning is an interesting one because it contains verses from both chapters 3 and 4 which, in this case, means it contains elements from the lives of both St. Timothy and St. Paul.  Of Timothy, Paul writes, “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and […]

December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the Third Sunday in Advent – Revelation 20:1-6

ShareRevelation 20:1-6 Regardless of our eschatologies, one thing is certain: Jesus Christ has already begun His reign over the earth.  How could it be otherwise?  He crushed the skull of the Serpent at the Place of the Skull (Calvary); He defeated sin by His perfect life; He rose victorious over death in His Resurrection; and […]

December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the Third Sunday in Advent – Matthew 28:11-20

ShareMatthew 28:11-20 Matthew 28:18-20 has rightly been called the Great Commission, for great it is. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I […]

December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More