February 16, 2020

Old Testament            Ecclesiasticus 15:15-20

Psalm                         Psalm 119:1-8

Epistle                        1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Gospel                       Matthew 5:21-37

“If you choose, you can keep the commandments ... to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Jesus continues the sermon on the mount, moving from beatitudes and blessings to specific instruction. We should remember Jesus' words last week, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets, but to fulfill” ... to complete. Jesus continues to reinterpret the Law and re...

February 9, 2020

Old Testament          Isaiah 58:1-12

Psalm                         Psalm 112:1-10

Epistle                        1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Gospel                       Matthew 5:13-20

"We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us." In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Jesus seems to have a precarious relationship with the law. He is constantly at odds with the scribes and Pharisees, the contemporary interpreters and keepers of the law. Based on how Jesus finds the world in the first century, a reinterpretation is nece...

February 2, 2020

Old Testament          Malachi 3:1-4

Psalm                         Psalm 24:7-10

Epistle                        Hebrews 2:14-18

Gospel                       Luke 2:22-40

May we present ourselves to the Lord with pure and clean hearts.

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Where do we find God? Are we really looking for God? Will we recognize God when we encounter God? How will we respond?

            Today we remember The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. Mary and Joseph bring the infant Jesus to the Temple, partly for the ritual pu...

January 26, 2020

Old Testament          Isaiah 9:1-4

Psalm                        Psalm 27:1, 5-13

Epistle                       1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Gospel                       Matthew 4:12-23

“That we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works.”

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Last week, in the gospel according to John, we heard how John the Baptist saw Jesus after his Baptism and could not help but blurt out, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” Two of John’s disciples, one of whom was Andrew, immediately followed Jesus. Andrew was so moved, he went to tell his brother Simon Peter, “We...

January 19, 2020

Old Testament          Isaiah 49:1-7

Psalm                         Psalm 40:1-12

Epistle                        1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Gospel                       John 1:29-42

"I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth." - Isaiah 49:6b. 

In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Last week the evangelist Matthew offered a detailed description of Jesus' baptism, complete with the heavens opening, the Spirit descending and resting on Jesus, and a voice proclaiming, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." This week, in the Gospel accordi...

January 12, 2020

Old Testament          Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm                       Psalm 29

Epistle                      Acts 10:34-43

Gospel                     Matthew 3:13-17

Thus says God: “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Aha! Eureka! By George, I think I’ve got it! These phrases would seem appropriate as we begin the season of Epiphany. At least, that is the common definition, being struck with some great realization. The cartoon light bulb appears over one’s head. We utter these phrases when we have figured something out....

December 29, 2019

Old Testament          Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Psalm                         Psalm 147:13-21

Epistle                        Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7

Gospel                       John 1:1-18

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            The first Sunday after Christmas Day. Jesus is tucked away in the manger. The shepherds have returned to their flocks rejoicing. Mary is holding all their word in her heart. The wise men are on their way bearing gifts. Mary has probably sent Joseph out...

December 24, 2019

Old Testament          Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm                         97

Epistle                        Titus 3:4-7

Gospel                       Luke 2:1-20

“The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.”

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            “Just wait until your father gets home.” This is the phrase heard in some households when a child has been naughty. Perhaps mom is the more strict disciplinarian. Adjust accordingly, though I’m not sure how effective this phrase is in changing bad behavior. Perhaps it gives the guilty party a little time to think about their misdeeds....

December 15, 2019

Old Testament          Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm                         Canticle 15 - Magnificat

Epistle                        James 5:7-10

Gospel                       Matthew 11:2-11

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Last Sunday, John the Baptist arrived on the scene, larger than life, to herald the beginning of Jesus' adult ministry. He preached repentance, he urged preparedness, and he called out the religious elite ... "You brood of vipers!" John beamed with confidence in his mission and his message. By this morning’s gospel, the religious leaders...

December 8, 2019

Old Testament          Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm                         Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

Epistle                        Romans 15:4-13

Gospel                       Matthew 3:1-12

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            “In those days, John the Baptist appeared ...”, as if all of a sudden. God’s saving work rarely happens all of a sudden. Since creation God has been calling humanity to be reconciled with the Divine. John’s beginnings were no less abrupt. John’s bir...

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