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

Luke 18:9-14, Being Before God and Letting Go of Our Past

[October 23, 2016] Here is another familiar parable. Let us look at it again and be careful to not let it say more than it says so that we can hear as much as it says. In other words, it might be easy to confuse the message of this parable with the cheap . . . → Read More: Luke 18:9-14, Being Before God and Letting Go of Our Past

Luke 16, 19-31, The Fate of Those Who Love Money

[September 25, 2016] Way back in chapter 14 of Luke’s gospel, the WAY of Jesus’ apostolate came under the scrutiny of some Pharisees and Jesus was kind enough to explain to them what he was doing and why, and how their way was not only wrong but was going to get them humiliated . . . → Read More: Luke 16, 19-31, The Fate of Those Who Love Money

Luke 14:25-35, The Cost of Discipleship

[September 4, 2016] The outline of the sermon I gave at the First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) of Passaic, NJ:

Recalling how chapter 14 of Luke’s gospel began …

In verses 1-6 … When Jesus healed the man with edema on the Sabbath, the kingdom of God had come into their midst. – The . . . → Read More: Luke 14:25-35, The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 14:1, 7-14, Becoming the Least for the Sake of the Lesser

[August 28, 2016] In Luke 14:1—17:19 two things are set in contrast:

The way of the self-righteous Pharisees and the way of Jesus and those whom he sends.

In this section Jesus demonstrates by word and deed that he has been sent and anointed by God in the way of God’s . . . → Read More: Luke 14:1, 7-14, Becoming the Least for the Sake of the Lesser

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

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