Last Sunday of Epiphany 1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 27, 2 Peter 1:13-21, Mark 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
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
Christ the King Sunday Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37 Confirmation is a rite in the Church which reflects what the first Apostles did in the book of Acts, when St. Peter went to visit the Samaritans who had received the Gospel and laid hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit,… Continue reading Christ the King
Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 31:7-9, Psalm 126, Hebrews 7:23-28, Mark 10:46-52 In the Gospel which was read to us today we meet Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. He tells his disciples three times that he will suffer and die, and be raised to life again, yet the Disciples each time misunderstand him, hearing… Continue reading The Miracle That Gets Us There
Second Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1-2:2, John 20:19-31 Jesus said 'unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit' (John 12:24). What does he mean? Jesus went to his own death with the certainty that through his… Continue reading Peace. Receive. Go.
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 One of the comforting things about the Bible is that it tells us a story about ourselves, a story we can actually believe. There's this garden. Adam and Eve hide from God. God of course was not satisfied that human beings… Continue reading I Like Being Right