Tag: joy

Tuesday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 2:1-12

ShareMatthew 2:1-12 I want to talk this morning about zombies. . . . Yes, zombies – you know, the living dead that you see in horror movies. I don’t watch a lot of movies compared to a lot of people, but in my time I’ve watched a number of strange movies.  One of them was […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 10 – Romans 5

ShareRomans 5 “Sweet!  I get to write a devotional on Romans 5!” The problem is that there’s too much fruit to pick.  Shall I stuff myself on the citrus variety, the lemons, limes, orange, and – or should I go exotic and delight in papayas, mangoes, and star fruit (or “carambola”)? Maybe later, I’ll digest […]

August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Ascension Eve (Wednesday of Easter 5) – Luke 24:44-53

ShareLuke 24:44-53 The last verses of the Gospel of St. Luke are the final measures of the greatest symphony ever written.  The final movement of St. Luke’s Symphony includes the last several chapters of Luke, and here in verses 36-53 we have the final resolution and bringing together of all the themes and actions Luke […]

May 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Easter 5 (Rogation Monday) – James 1:1-17

ShareJames 1:1-17 Et tu, James?  You, too, along with St. Paul and others are commanding me to rejoice in my trials? To which St. James replies simply: “Exactly.” Do you think maybe God is trying to tell me (and you) something? Like St. Paul, St. James begins his letter not with a whimper but a […]

May 1, 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

Thursday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 2:19-30

SharePhilippians 2:19-30 I want to be in one of St. Paul’s churches!  I want to be in a church where joy in Christ is found.  I want to be in a church where members consider themselves ministers of the mysteries of God and who boldly assert that, “For me to live is Christ!”  I want […]

November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – James 5:12-19

ShareJames 5:12-19 “Is anyone among you suffering?” – James 5:13 Is anyone among you, reading this, suffering? St. James has some wisdom from God for you today. The first thing James tells you to do is to pray.  Of course, you already knew this, but maybe you have become discouraged in your prayers.  Maybe God […]

October 12, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Saturday of the 17th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:1-11

ShareJames 1:1-11             Et tu, James?  You, too, along with St. Paul are commanding me to rejoice in my trials? To which St. James replies simply: “Exactly.” I welcome the break from St. Paul’s weighty letters, hoping to catch a breather from his demanding gospel, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the apostolic […]

October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 1

Share1 Thessalonians 1 In 1 Thessalonians we are privileged to see the remarkable ministry of St. Paul in action in a different church, the Church at Thessalonica.  While for so much of 2 Corinthians Paul’s focus was on his ministry and how he has served, needing to defend his apostolic ministry against those who would […]

September 20, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Saturday of the 12th Sunday After Trinity – Luke 24:36-53

ShareLuke 24:36-53 The last verses of the Gospel of St. Luke are the final measures of the greatest symphony ever written.  We have been in the final movement of St. Luke’s Symphony for several chapters now, and here in verses 36-53 we have the final resolution and bringing together of all the themes and actions […]

August 28, 2015 | 1 Comment More