John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

[January 5, 2014] Today—the Second Sunday of Christmas—we consider one of the most profound passages of the Christian Scriptures, the Prologue of the Gospel according to John. This Prologue corresponds to the twenty-first chapter of the same gospel, having the same number of letters as the other has words; both being carefully . . . → Read More: John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

Matthew 1:1-25, The King of the Kingdom of the Heavens

[December 25, 2011] The passage before us, which I have chosen for this Christmas, begins the New Testament and sets the stage for Matthew’s presentation of the Gospel. For a Christmas meditation, it is striking in its affect. For more than anything else, here, Jesus is a King, and not just a King, . . . → Read More: Matthew 1:1-25, The King of the Kingdom of the Heavens

Luke 2:1-21, The Birth of the Messiah

[December 27, 2009] Three weeks ago we spoke about God, how God is not just an almighty Being who stands over-against His creation but exists as face-to-face communion, and that this “personal” communion—as each Face of God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) pours itself out to the Other in love and receives . . . → Read More: Luke 2:1-21, The Birth of the Messiah

Luke 2:1-21, The Birth of the Savior

The Contrast Between Matthew and Luke

[December 28, 2008] One of the first things we notice about the beginning of Luke’s gospel is how different it is from Matthew’s. This is all the more remarkable when we continue reading the gospel of Luke, because it is obvious that Luke had a copy of . . . → Read More: Luke 2:1-21, The Birth of the Savior

Luke 1:26-56, The Word Become Flesh

[December 13, 2009] Last Sunday we read in the beginning of The Gospel according to John how the Word of God—which is God being face-to-face with God and thus the expressing of God’s essence—was the One who expressed creation into being and is expressed everywhere in the creation. We also read how the . . . → Read More: Luke 1:26-56, The Word Become Flesh

Luke 1:26-56, Mary's Yes to God

[December 14, 2008] Last week Luke began the remembrance of Jesus with the elderly couple, Zachariah and Elizabeth, who had been faithful to God for many, many years and yet had no children; and now they were past the age of childbearing and were alone. They represent the few souls in the whole . . . → Read More: Luke 1:26-56, Mary’s Yes to God

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, by John Athelstan Laurie Riley

I love this hymn:

Ye watchers and ye holy ones, bright seraphs, cherubim and thrones, raise the glad strain: “Alleluia!” Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers, virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs: “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

This verse calls on the nine levels of celestial beings to praise God. . . . → Read More: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, by John Athelstan Laurie Riley