Tag: spirituality

Friday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 6:1-18

ShareMatthew 6:1-18 Jesus spoke at length about 3 spiritual disciplines that He assumes His disciples are practicing.  These 3 disciplines Jesus preaches on are 3 that have for centuries been a part of Lent, as well as a fundamental part of the Christian life as a whole until the time of the Reformation. Can you […]

September 1, 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

The Epiphany of Christ – Romans 15:8-21

ShareRomans 15:8-21 The vast majority of you who are reading this are Gentiles and if so, God has a special message of hope for you this morning.  For this is the Day of Epiphany when the whole Church celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles.  More than just an asterisk in world or […]

January 5, 2016 | 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

Monday of the Fourth Sunday in Advent – Revelation 20:7-15

ShareRevelation 20:7-15 Today, on the eve of Christmas Day, when we have one eye on the 1st coming of Christ, we must always keep the other eye on His Second Coming. Revelation 20 gives us the most vivid picture of the Final Judgment anywhere in the Scriptures, and, therefore, we would do well to pay […]

December 20, 2015 | 0 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