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
When you can’t make it right
Holy Tuesday Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalm 70(71):1-6,15,17 John 13:21-33,36-38 Some wrongs are so wrong there is nothing you can do to make it right. The parent who neglects their child.The business partner who steals from their colleague.The spouse who cheats. Some wrongs are so wrong there is nothing you can do to make it right. Persecuting… Continue reading When you can’t make it right
She cannot pay him back
Holy Monday Isaiah 42:1-7, Psalm 26(27):1-3,13-14, John 12:1-11 There is nothing she could possibly give that would pay him back for what he had done for her. Mary's brother Lazarus was dead. Four days in the tomb dead. Stinking corpse dead. The funeral has already happened dead. Lazarus was dead. But Jesus raised him to… Continue reading She cannot pay him back
Pentecost Acts 2:1-11, Psalm 104:24-35, 1 Corinthians 12:1-13, John 14:8-17 Before Abraham was called away from his father's house and the gods of his ancestors, to go to the land that God would show him, all the people on the earth had gathered together in one place, speaking one language. And all the people said… Continue reading Pentecost
I can come in, too?
Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26-40, Psalm 66:1-11, 1 John 3:18-24, John 14:15-21 When Our Lord sent the Holy Spirit to fill his disciples and make them into his bride and body, the Church, they held all things in common and preached earnestly the Word of God to the people in Jerusalem, seeing thousands join… Continue reading I can come in, too?