Luke 20:27-38, It Is Not Over When You Are Dead

[November 10, 2013] Today’s Gospel text is the one in which the Sadducees ask Jesus about the resurrection. There is more here than meets the eye. We should know this because Jesus’ answer is indirect. Here, as often, Jesus does not answer the question the Sadducees ask. His answer nevertheless accomplishes something . . . → Read More: Luke 20:27-38, It Is Not Over When You Are Dead

Matthew 27:45—28:1, The Death and Burial of the Holy One

[March 25, 2012] In this text we now approach very sacred ground and need to give it our best attention and reverence. In Matthew 27:27-44 we saw how Jesus was mistreated and humiliated by men, showing up both the human condition and the persistent obedience of Jesus. He has stood up to . . . → Read More: Matthew 27:45—28:1, The Death and Burial of the Holy One

John 11:22-44, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life”

[October 16, 2011] We continue the story of Jesus raising of Lazarus from the dead. In the first twenty-one verses of the chapter, Jesus’ inexplicable behavior gave rise to fear and confusion on the part of the disciples and anger on the part of the sisters of Lazarus. Jesus allowed Lazarus to die. . . . → Read More: John 11:22-44, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life”

John 21:15-25, The Lord’s Life Active in the Church

[May 15, 2011] We come now to the end of the Gospel according to John. The gospel began with the coming of God—the Word of God—into the world, incarnate in Jesus Christ, presenting Himself to the world as God’s own life, eternal life. As Jesus went through the process of death and resurrection, . . . → Read More: John 21:15-25, The Lord’s Life Active in the Church

Luke 24:36-53, The Gift of Word and Spirit

[May 31, 2009] Today’s gospel reading (Luke 24:36-53) is the end of The Gospel according to Luke. But unlike the ending of the other gospels, this gospel continues with the Acts of the Apostles. The end of Luke segues into Acts. Let us see how Luke ends his gospel to prepare us for . . . → Read More: Luke 24:36-53, The Gift of Word and Spirit

Luke 23:56b—24:35, Remember and Open Your Eyes

[April 12, 2009] After completing His life, His course of obedience, and the offering up of Himself as an intercession for us, Jesus’ dying words were, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” In Paradise, He rested on the Sabbath, and early on the morning of the first day of the week—what . . . → Read More: Luke 23:56b—24:35, “Remember” and Open Your Eyes

Matthew 28:1-20, He Is Risen!

Surprise

[March 23, 2008] Wow! The women were completely overtaken by surprise at what happened that morning. They believed Jesus when He said He would rise, but they still came to the tomb with spices to anoint His body. Jesus was buried in a hurry on Friday as the Sabbath began. Now that . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:1-20, He Is Risen!

Mark 16:1-20, Overcoming Our Fear and Unbelief

[April 4, 2010] Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This is not just an outstanding miracle. An unbeliever might get this impression. But if we understand Christian teaching, we would realize that everything essential depends on it. It is what makes sense of Jesus’ death for us and tells . . . → Read More: Mark 16:1-20, Overcoming Our Fear and Unbelief