John 1:29-42, Seeing and Abiding

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

30 “This is he of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who has become ahead of me, because he was before me.’ 31 . . . → Read More: John 1:29-42, Seeing and Abiding

John 17:20-26, The Conclusion of Jesus’ Priestly Prayer

[May 8, 2016] Today is the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the last of the Easter Season. This past Thursday was the Ascension and in one week we will come to the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the church in order that Christ may continue the apostolate that . . . → Read More: John 17:20-26, The Conclusion of Jesus’ Priestly Prayer

John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

[August 16, 2015] This is the Gospel Reading for the 11th Sunday after Trinity. We are now well into Jesus’ sermon in the synagogue of Capernaum after his miraculous feeding of the five thousand with only five loaves of barley bread and two fish. This reading ends the discourse. We have seen how . . . → Read More: John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World

[August 9, 2015] This gospel text was read on the tenth Sunday of the quiet growing season (signified by the color green) after Trinity Sunday, and it is the second part of Jesus’ discourse in the synagogue of Capernaum on the manna that comes down from heaven. In it he is presenting himself . . . → Read More: John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World

John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

[August 2, 2015] Today is the 9th Sunday after Trinity, during the quiet growing season of the Christian year. During the last two Sundays we heard the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish. The first time, we heard it read from Mark’s gospel, the second . . . → Read More: John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

[July 26, 2015] My final sermon among people I have served for fifteen years.

Today’s Gospel repeats the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and adds the story of the disciples crossing the sea in the dark of night, during which Jesus comes to them and says, “I am. Don’t . . . → Read More: John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

[May 31, 2015] Today is Trinity Sunday, which in our current church calendar falls on the Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus, having suffered and risen from the dead, ascended to “the right hand of the Father” and poured out the power of the Holy Spirit on his qahal, those in Israel who had gathered . . . → Read More: John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

John 17:6-19, Jesus’ Departure, and Remaining

[May 17, 2015] This is the 7th Sunday of Easter, the Sunday following Ascension Thursday. Since I was working at the store on Thursday evening, it would therefore be the Sunday on which we celebrate the ascension. During the nine days between the ascension and Pentecost the disciples waited for the promised outpouring . . . → Read More: John 17:6-19, Jesus’ Departure, and Remaining

John 15:9-17, Abide in My Love

[May 10, 2015] Today is Mother’s Day, of course, though I am not prepared to speak directly about mothers. Our gospel text this morning is the continuation of last week’s text. It is an Easter text even though the occasion is Jesus’ Last Supper. It is an Easter text because Jesus is speaking about the . . . → Read More: John 15:9-17, Abide in My Love

John 15:1-8, Jesus and the Vine and We

[May 3, 2015] Today is the Fifth Sunday of Easter and we move from Jesus’ “I am the Good Shepherd” in John 10 to “I am the Vine” in chapter 15. Jesus’ use of this metaphor occurs in the chiastic center of the Last Supper narrative in John’s gospel (chapters 13—17). Like the . . . → Read More: John 15:1-8, Jesus and the Vine and We