holy cross sermon for the third sunday in lent, february 28, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other […]

holy cross sermon for the last sunday after the epiphany, february 7, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today is the last Sunday before Lent. The traditional name for this day is Quinquagesima, which I just like saying. It’s a Latin word that means “Super Bowl Sunday.” Just kidding. It’s a Latin word that means “fiftieth,” because […]

holy cross sermon for the third sunday after the epiphany, january 24, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Last Sunday we heard the Gospel story of Jesus first miracle at a wedding at Cana of Galilee, where he turned water into wine. And the Sunday before that we heard the story of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan […]

holy cross sermon for the second sunday after christmas day, january 3, 2016

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today’s Gospel reading sets before us the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, in the face of the tyranny of Herod. Herod was the Jewish King – a puppet king appointed by the Romans. And therefore, when he […]

holy cross sermon for the second sunday of advent, december 6, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today’s Gospel reading speaks of St. John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord. In doing so, the mind turns toward the historicity of it all. Recall how last week this theme of history was brought forward by the […]

holy cross sermon for all saints’ day, november 1, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today is the feast of All Saints. The word “saint” comes from the Latin word “sanctus,” which means “holy.” The traditional English name for this feast was “All Hallows,” from the native English word “hallow,” also meaning “holy,” as […]

holy cross sermon for the twenty-second sunday after pentecost, october 25, 2015

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 Jesus healing Bartimae’us, a blind beggar. There are a number of lessons that may be drawn from this passage. I would like to point out three. Firstly, notice the Lord’s preference […]

holy cross sermon for the twenty-first sunday after pentecost, october 18, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. In today’s readings the central, challenging mystery of the Gospel begins to become clear, a mystery hidden since the foundation of the world, but one that had been becoming clearer and clearer throughout the history of Israel, and by […]

holy cross sermon for the thirteenth sunday after pentecost, august 23, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today we conclude our several-week lectionary excursus on the great Bread of Heaven discourse in St. John’s Gospel. We have seen that in order to have eternal life, we must come to Christ in faith, love, and humility, and […]

holy cross sermon for the twelfth sunday after pentecost, august 16, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today’s Gospel continues the Lord’s teaching from Saint John’s Gospel, which we have encountered over the past several weeks, about the Bread of Heaven, the food which endures to eternal life, which Jesus says is his flesh. The words […]

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