Mark 9:2-8, The Transfiguration of Jesus

[February 15, 2015] The Season of the Passion comes to us early this year for Ash Wednesday is this week. As far as our Gospel meditations go, we jump then from Jesus’ début in Capernaum to his transfiguration on the mountain, which closes our seasonal meditations on the Epiphany (or manifestation) of Jesus. . . . → Read More: Mark 9:2-8, The Transfiguration of Jesus

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

Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

[August 12, 2012] Last time we considered the introductory narrative cycle that leads up to Jesus’ teaching on the church in the light of the kingdom. Who is Jesus’ mother and siblings, His home? It is not those whose familiarity with Him does not include spiritual insight into His Person. It is . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

[September 28, 2008] Last Sunday we began a new section of Matthew. This section is about who Jesus is, and ends with Peter confessing Jesus to be the Messiah and the Son of God and Jesus revealing (1) the church that He will build on this foundation, (2) His death and resurrection . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

Matthew 02:01-23, The Gentiles Seek Him

[January 1, 2012] After introducing Jesus as the Son of David, the fulfillment of Isaiah’s “Coming One,” who is not only the Messiah of Israel but the hope of the Gentiles, Matthew tells us of Gentile magi who come seeking Him, guided by a star in the sky, and of a king (a . . . → Read More: Matthew 02:01-23, The Gentiles Seek Him

John 12:37-50, “I Have Come as Light”

[January 2, 2011] Today, as we consider the pagan sages of Persia seeking the light of Christ at His birth, let us reflect on the meaning of Christ as the light of the world. The passage we are looking at today revolves around Christ as Light, our being blind to His light, and . . . → Read More: John 12:37-50, “I Have Come as Light”

Matthew 2:1-18, Gentiles Seek Him

[January 3, 2010] Four weeks ago we spoke on John chapter 1 about the Personhood of God: that God exists face-to-face with God yet each “Face” coinheres (dwells) in the Other, that the essence of the divine nature is this “personal” coinherence, that creation comes into existence as its expression, and that God . . . → Read More: Matthew 2:1-18, Gentiles Seek Him