The Name into Which We Are Baptized Is the Form of Our Life

14-year-old Cecile, martyred in 177 C.E.

[May 22, 2016] Today is Trinity Sunday. On Easter Sunday Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to the Father, after which his human nature became glorified; he then met with his gathered disciples and breathed into them his own breath, that is, the breath of . . . → Read More: The Name into Which We Are Baptized Is the Form of Our Life

Matthew 2:1-12, The Messiah of Israel Sought by Gentiles

[January 4, 2015] The Christian celebration of Epiphany is January 6, but since next Sunday is the Baptism of Jesus and we do not have an opportunity to come together on Tuesday, we celebrate the epiphany (or manifestation) of Jesus to the gentiles today. This is offered as an option in the church’s shared lectionary . . . → Read More: Matthew 2:1-12, The Messiah of Israel Sought by Gentiles

Luke 1:26-38, Mary Mother of God

[December 21, 2014] This is the last Sunday of Advent, the last Sunday for us to prepare for the birth of the Messiah on Christmas Day. It is also the day when we reflect on the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and announced the birth of Jesus, and . . . → Read More: Luke 1:26-38, Mary Mother of God

John 1:6-8, 19-28, The Testimony of John

[December 14, 2014] The Third Sunday of Advent (one more Sunday to go): In the little time that we have we turn briefly to the incredibly rich Gospel according to John. John, the unknown disciple of Jesus to whom Jesus entrusted the care of his mother (the two of them, at Jesus’ request, . . . → Read More: John 1:6-8, 19-28, The Testimony of John

Mark 1:1-8, The Beginning of the Gospel

[December 7, 2014] The Second Sunday of Advent brings us to the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark and introduces us to John the Baptist and his message of repentance. He was telling people to prepare for the one who is to come, “the one who comes after me” the strap of . . . → Read More: Mark 1:1-8, The Beginning of the Gospel

Mark 13:24-37, Wake Up! Be Alert! Watch!

[November 30, 2014] Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the church year, and with this change we switch horses. From riding the Gospel according to Matthew we now mount the Gospel according to Mark. With that change, we have a shift in focus. Next year we will ride Luke’s . . . → Read More: Mark 13:24-37, Wake Up! Be Alert! Watch!

Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles

[November 23, 2014] Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church’s calendar year before Advent begins. The text is another parable about Christ coming in judgment and follows the two parables from the two previous Sundays. Only there is a marked difference.

In the previous two parables, . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles

Matthew 25:14-30, The Parable of the Talents

[November 16, 2014] The parable that follows the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids is the “Parable of the Talents.” The setting is the same: Jesus speaking privately to his disciples of the coming holocaust of Jerusalem and its beautiful Temple, and in the same breath of the coming of the Son of Man . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:14-30, The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:1-13, Being Prepared for the Lord’s Delay

[November 9, 2014] With this morning’s reading we consider carelessness in view of the delay of the Messiah’s “Second Advent.” In Matthew 24:1-31 Jesus spoke to his disciples privately about the immanent desecration of the Temple and the attendant suffering. Jesus also spoke of the coming of the Son of Man in the . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:1-13, Being Prepared for the Lord’s Delay

Matthew 23:1-12, The Humility Required of Teachers

[November 2, 2014] For no particular reason I decided to follow the Sunday Gospel lectionary schedule of the Presbyterian calendar, in which today is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, instead of the Anglican alternative in which today is either the 4th Sunday before Advent or the celebration of All Saints’ Day. So I . . . → Read More: Matthew 23:1-12, The Humility Required of Teachers