Tag: righteousness

Tuesday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 5:17-26

ShareMatthew 5:17-26 The Sermon on the Mount, as I alluded to in my commentary on Matthew 5:1-16, is Jesus’ perfect exposition of the Law.  He who gave the Law and perfectly kept it is also its most perfect interpreter.  After establishing that God’s Law will not pass away, Jesus begins to apply it in a […]

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Saturday of Trinity 9 – Romans 4:1-12

ShareRomans 4:1-12 I love words!  They have such power to communicate ideas and mysteries and entire worlds that are created at their mere mention.  I love the strange twists that word association games take when played with certain people (like me).  Here’s one of my favorite games that ends with a word.  There are 10 […]

July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 9 – Romans 3:1-20

ShareRomans 3:1-20 This is a truly sobering passage of Scripture. Paul’s summary assessment of humanity without Christ is this: all are under sin.  Listen again to what Paul has to say: 10  “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12  They have […]

July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Share2 Timothy 2:14-26 For years, I spent my life as a Christian focusing on some of the most obvious sins in my own life.  It’s true, that the sin in our lives should be a daily focus, for without acknowledging our sins there can be no confession of sins or repentance, and without these, no […]

October 27, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 2:14-26

ShareJames 2:14-26 Sola Fide!  Faith alone!  That was one of the rallying cries made by the Protestant Reformers in the 16th century.  The slogan “faith alone” was particularly popularized by Martin Luther in his violent reaction to the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church. As a consequence, for some centuries now Protestants have been strongly […]

October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Share1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Why is St. Paul so concerned about the “abundant life”?  What is this abundant life of which he speaks?  Some would have you believe that this “abundant life” is the same thing as material prosperity.  If so, I think St. Paul would have been surprised that he wasn’t living a very abundant […]

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

January 2 – 1 John 3:1-12

Share1 John 3:1-12 “You are a child of God.”  That’s what God tells you in 1 John 3:1. What a wonderful way for God to greet us in the New Year! Here is the source of St. John’s teaching about how we ought to love one another: it is that God first loved us.  We […]

January 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 5:17-26

ShareMatthew 5:17-26 The Sermon on the Mount, as I alluded to in my commentary on Matthew 5:1-16, is Jesus’ perfect exposition of the Law.  He who gave the Law and perfectly kept it is also its most perfect interpreter.  After establishing that God’s Law will not pass away, Jesus begins to apply it in a […]

September 22, 2014 | 2 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 9 – Romans 4:1-12

ShareRomans 4:1-12 I love words!  They have such power to communicate ideas and mysteries and entire worlds that are created at their mere mention.  I love the strange twists that word association games take when played with certain people (like me).  Here’s one of my favorite games that ends with a word.  There are 10 […]

August 22, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of 5th Sunday after Epiphany – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Share1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Why is St. Paul so concerned about the “abundant life”?  What is this abundant life of which he speaks?  Some would have you believe that this “abundant life” is the same thing as material prosperity.  If so, I think St. Paul would have been surprised that he wasn’t living a very abundant […]

February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More