holy cross sermon for the twenty-sixth sunday after pentecost, november 13, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. I was tempted to begin today with Psalm 47.5: “God is gone up with a merry noise : and the Lord with the sound of the trump.” I won’t. Instead consider what Jesus says in today’s Gospel: “As for […]

holy cross sermon for the twenty-fourth sunday after pentecost, october 30, 2016

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. “And there was a man named Zacchae’us; he was a chief tax collector, and rich.  And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature.  So he […]

holy cross sermon for the twenty-third sunday after pentecost, october 23, 2016

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.  “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!’” In today’s Gospel lesson, the Savior gives us a picture of […]

holy cross sermon for the twentieth sunday after pentecost, october 2, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.  Today’s Gospel is rather stark and short. It begins with the Lord’s well-known teaching on faith “the size of a mustard seed.”  “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ And the Lord said, ‘If you had faith […]

holy cross sermon for holy cross day, september 18, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today we celebrate our “feast of title.” We are the Church of the Holy Cross, and today is the feast of the Holy Cross – the full name of which is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast, […]

holy cross sermon for the twelfth sunday after pentecost, august 7, 2016

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” So says Jesus in the opening of today’s gospel reading. And in this knowledge – the knowledge of what is in store for […]

holy cross sermon for the eleventh sunday in pentecost, july 31, 2016

  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. “Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” In today’s Gospel reading, the Lord speaks of the futility and the danger that come from an attachment to […]

holy cross sermon for palm sunday, march 20, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The best liturgical books say that a sermon “may” be preached at the principle mass of Palm Sunday. This is partly due to this liturgy’s being rather longer than usual. But its also because this liturgy – perhaps more […]

holy cross sermon for the fifth sunday in lent, march 13, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. In today’s Gospel we hear the story of one of the Lord’s women disciples (traditionally identified as Mary Magdalene) anointing his feet with “costly ointment of pure nard,” and wiping his feet with her hair. The text indicates that […]

holy cross sermon for the fourth sunday in lent, march 6, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today we heard the parable of the prodigal son. There is a standard interpretation of this story – the verses just before the parable make it clear that Jesus means us to understand it as a lesson in what […]

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