parable of the sower, proper 10A, sermon, Matthew 13:1-23, border crisis, border children, refugees

Sowing More than 52,000 Seeds – A Sermon on the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-23

We often speak, and rightly so, of the gospel as the “good news,” the good news of Jesus Christ. God in Jesus has entered the world in a new way bringing new life, offering new hope, and inviting us to become a new person. That it is good news, however, does not necessarily mean it is welcome or easy-to-accept news. I think about the young … Continue reading Sowing More than 52,000 Seeds – A Sermon on the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-23

Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42, Sin, Grace, Sermon, W.H. Auden, Forgiveness

No More Admirably Arranged Lives – A Sermon on Romans 6:12-23

A priest was visiting with a new parishioner and asked, “How’s your relationship with God?” The parishioner says, “There’s not much to tell. I like sinning. God likes forgiving. We get along just fine.” That story is an adaptation of some lines from W. H. Auden’s poem, For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio. In the poem King Herod’s responds to the magi’s news of … Continue reading No More Admirably Arranged Lives – A Sermon on Romans 6:12-23

Matthew 10:24-39, Proper 7A, Love, Priorities, Choices, Sermon

Love Triangles – A Sermon on Matthew 10:24-39

Love triangles. I want to talk with you today about love triangles. You know what I am talking about right? You’ve seen the pictures and headlines on the tabloids in the grocery store check out lines. Love triangles are often the subject of movie plots and sometimes they are the circumstances in which a crime is committed. They are also a part of our lives. … Continue reading Love Triangles – A Sermon on Matthew 10:24-39

Oscar Romero, Martyr, Martyrdom

Oscar Romero – In Life and Death his Blood was “a Seed of Freedom.”

“A bishop will die, but the Church which is the people will never perish.” Those words of Archbishop Oscar Romero proved prophetic. He was shot to death on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass at a chapel near his cathedral. The previous day he had preached a sermon calling on soldiers to disobey orders that violated human rights. Almost nine months after Romero’s assassination, four Maryknoll nuns … Continue reading Oscar Romero – In Life and Death his Blood was “a Seed of Freedom.”

Nicodemus, John 3:1-17, Lent 2A, Born from above, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Daytime Lives and Nighttime Lives – A Sermon on John 3:1-17

Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night” (John 3:1-17, Lent 2A). I wonder if that’s not true for all of us. I wonder if we don’t all come to Jesus by night. Some have said that Nicodemus was hiding in the darkness. He was embarrassed. He was scared and didn’t want to be seen or caught. Others have said Nicodemus wasn’t a true believer and that … Continue reading Daytime Lives and Nighttime Lives – A Sermon on John 3:1-17

Matthew 5:38-48, Epiphany 7A, Sermon, Sermon on the Mount, Perfection, Fairness

Fairness, Monkeys, and Love – A Sermon Matthew 5:38-48

Somewhere around the time I was in kindergarten or the first grade my parents took my sister and me to a carnival that had come to town. The only thing I remember about that day is the monkey on a stick. Mom and Dad bought us each a little fuzzy monkey tied to a stick by piece of elastic. We carried them around watching them … Continue reading Fairness, Monkeys, and Love – A Sermon Matthew 5:38-48

Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

You have heard it said, “The Old Testament is a book of law and judgment.” You have heard it said, “The New Testament is a book of grace and love.” But I say to you, “Welcome to today’s gospel!” (Matthew 5:21-37, Epiphany 6A) Today’s gospel won’t let us make those simple and inaccurate distinctions. Jesus’ words show continuity and consistency between the Old and the … Continue reading Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

light of the world, Matthew 5:13-20, Let them taste and see

Let Them Taste and See – A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20

Who are you? How do you answer when someone asks you that question? The most common answer is to give our name. We might also tell a bit of family history and the connections that help identify us. Often we’ll tell something about our work, the things we do, and how we spend our time. I cannot, however, think of a single time when I … Continue reading Let Them Taste and See – A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20

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A Life that Fits – A Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the Feast of the Presentation

I recently heard a man say, “I feel as if I have dropped into my own life and it fits.” It made me smile. It was such a great description. I think we all want to be able to say that. He went on, however, to say that it wasn’t about his family, his work, or even anything he could specifically name. It was more … Continue reading A Life that Fits – A Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the Feast of the Presentation