holy cross sermon for the eleventh sunday after pentecost, august 9, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus further develops the teaching which we heard last week: that we must not labor for food that perishes – that is to say, we must not seek after things in this world which will […]

holy cross sermon for the tenth sunday after pentecost, august 2, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures […]

holy cross sermon for the ninth sunday after pentecost, july 26, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.  In today’s gospel lesson, we find the disciples weary from ministry. We know from the version of this story in Mark’s gospel that they had come back to the Lord from their mission among the people, and they had […]

holy cross sermon for the eighth sunday after pentecost, july 19, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Two weeks ago, before I fled the state, I spoke in a critical register about the decision of the Supreme Court purporting to broaden the definition of marriage to include same sex relationships, and the official revision of the […]

holy cross sermon for the sixth sunday after Pentecost, july 5, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Last week was a significant one for our corporate life as Americans and as Episcopalians. Firstly, for the benefit of anyone who might be living under a rock, the Supreme Court voted by a narrow majority to redefine marriage […]

holy cross sermon for the fifth sunday after pentecost, june 28, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Today’s Gospel reading treats of Jesus raising a twelve year old girl from the dead. The passage begins with the girl’s father coming to Jesus and beseeching him on her behalf: “seeing Jesus, [the little girl’s father] fell at […]

holy cross sermon for the fourth sunday after pentecost, june 21, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. In today’s Gospel reading, the disciples have gotten into a boat with Jesus to go across the Sea of Galilee, and Mark says that “a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that […]

holy cross sermon for trinity sunday, may 31, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The Church sets aside this day to remember what has been revealed to us in Jesus Christ: that we worship one God in unity of being and trinity of persons. Gallons of ink have been spilt by theologians down […]

holy cross sermon for the fifth sunday of easter, may 3, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Listen again to the Gospel  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may […]

holy cross sermon for the fourth sunday of easter, april 25, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.  In today’s Gospel lesson, the Lord tells the apostles that he is the “good shepherd”. The idea of the good shepherd has been a very popular one in the Christian imagination, almost from the very beginning. There are very […]

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