Happy are those who do not lose faith in me

Advent III Isaiah 35:1-6,10, Psalm 145(146):6-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 "Happy is the man who does not lose faith in me" In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Saint John the Baptist is a hard man. Severe as the sun-cracked earth, coarse as camel hair. His… Continue reading Happy are those who do not lose faith in me

Learn from Judas

Holy Wednesday (Spy Wednesday) Isaiah 50:4-9, Psalm 68(69):8-10,21-22,31,33-34, Matthew 26:14-25 To think that Judas would betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver is absolutely unbelievable, because I do it every day for free. If only temptation were such a clear exchange, with the goods delivered up-front. We could negotiate the wages of sin to get… Continue reading Learn from Judas

The Sacrifice which Saves and Sanctifies

Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 78:15-26, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-15 In many of the liturgies for celebrating Holy Communion used in the worldwide church, including the form typically used in this congregation, at the conclusion of the prayer of Consecration, the Celebrant proclaims "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us" with the people responding… Continue reading The Sacrifice which Saves and Sanctifies

This isn’t made up

Last Sunday of Epiphany 1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 27, 2 Peter 1:13-21,┬áMark 9:2-9 If I were to make up a religion designed to make people be better than they are otherwise disposed to be, a religion that extolled selflessness, patience, courage, holiness, peaceableness, rule-following, cooperation, and all the other virtues necessary to a good, flourishing,… Continue reading This isn’t made up

Not A Problem We Can Solve

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany Deuteronomy 18:15-22, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 I have to confess this morning something which has plagued my mind of late. I think I might be an Atheist. Or functionally one at least. Atheist These habits of prayer and devotion that clearly come naturally to him are not unfamiliar… Continue reading Not A Problem We Can Solve