holy cross sermon for the third sunday of easter, april 19, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. In the official lectionary transcriptions of the Episcopal Church, online, today’s Gospel lesson inexplicably has Jesus saying something that he does not in fact say, as far as I can tell, in the corresponding passage in the actual Bible. […]

holy cross sermon for easter day, april 5, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.  Alleluia! Christ is risen!  I recently read an article by a pastor and “life coach” named Andy Thompson entitled, “No Guts, No Glory: Four Ways Faith Can Help You Conquer Fear of Risk.” I don’t normally read this sort […]

holy cross sermon for palm sunday, march 29, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. “Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, […]

holy cross sermon for the fifth sunday in lent, march 22, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today’s readings all speak of God’s deliverance of his people. The Old Testament lesson from Jeremiah foresees a time when the Lord will make a new covenant with his people, when he will write his law on their hearts, […]

holy cross sermon for the fourth sunday in lent, march 15, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today is Rose Sunday, or Mothering Sunday, or Laetare Sunday, or Refreshment Sunday. It is a day, roughly halfway through Lent, on which the Lenten fast is relaxed a bit. Traditionally on this day, the rose color is used […]

holy cross sermon for the third sunday in lent, march 8, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In today’s Gospel Jesus manifests an attitude toward the Jerusalem temple that the religious authorities find peculiar – to say the least. Listen again to what the Gospel says: The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus […]

holy cross sermon for the second sunday in lent, march 1, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. “For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he […]

holy cross sermon for the last sunday after the epiphany, february 25, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In today’s gospel reading we have the story of the Transfiguration of our Lord. Jesus takes with him Peter and James and John. He takes them up a high mountain, apart from everyone else. Apart, that is, not only […]

holy cross sermon for the fifth sunday after the epiphany, february 8, 2015

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In today’s Gospel reading we hear of the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, who lay sick with a fever, as well as of the Lord’s ministry of exorcism, casting out demons. These two realities – sickness and demonic oppression – […]

holy cross sermon for the fourth sunday after the epiphany, february 1, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. In today’s OT reading from Deuteronomy, a future time is foreseen in which there will arise from among the children of Israel another great prophet, one like Moses himself, who will speak the words of God to the people […]

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