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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...

December 1, 2019

Old Testament          Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm                         Psalm 122

Epistle                        Romans 13:11-14

Gospel                       Matthew 24:36-44

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, ... that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Today marks the beginning of a new Church year with the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a liminal time, an in-between time, a time of watching, waiting, and anticipation. Advent is also an active time. If the penitential season of Lent is a time for the Spring cleaning of our...

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