Celebrating St. Gregory the Great

Today, March 12, is the feast of St. Gregory the Great also known, especially in the East, as St. Gregory the Dialogist because he wrote a book entitled The Dialogues in which he extolled the Italian saints. Gregory served as pope from 590 until his death on March 12, 604. Though often seen as Augustinian many modern scholars now see Gregory’s pastoral, ascetic, and soteriological … Continue reading Celebrating St. Gregory the Great

Matthew 22:15-22, Proper 24A, Sermon

Is it God’s or the Emperor’s? A Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22

I want you to think about a few things and then I want to ask you some questions about those things. First, think about the checks you have written, the bills you have paid, and the purchases you have charged over the last few weeks. How have you spent your money? Next, think about where you have been, what you have done, and who you … Continue reading Is it God’s or the Emperor’s? A Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22

Proper 17A, Matthew 16:21-28, Sermon, Way of the Cross, Crucifixion

Crucifying our Programs for Happiness – A Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28

“Do you want to know how I got to be so smart?” That’s the question a friend of mine has recently begun asking me at the end of our conversations. He is not only a friend. He is also, for me, a teacher and mentor. He and I often speak about life, prayer, theology, and relationships. I always come away from our conversations with new … Continue reading Crucifying our Programs for Happiness – A Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28

Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20, Pantocrator, Icon

A Question to be Lived – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20

“But who do you say that I am?” (From Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20) Let me tell you some of the answers I’ve heard or read. My personal Lord and Savior. The Son of God. God incarnate. He’s my life, the song I sing, my everything. Buddy, brother, friend, homeboy. Rock, comforter, coach. Teacher. Example. The copilot next to me. The list could go on and … Continue reading A Question to be Lived – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20

Proper 12A, 1 Kings 3:5-12, Sermon, Solomon's Dream

Solomon’s Choice, Me or We? A Sermon on 1 Kings 3:5-12

Me or we? It’s a question each of us faces and answers everyday as we say our prayers, make decisions, establish priorities, and live our lives. Do we live as insulated and isolated individuals or as a person connected to and interdependent with others? Me doesn’t just apply to a single individual. Me could be a group, a parish, a business. So me or we is … Continue reading Solomon’s Choice, Me or We? A Sermon on 1 Kings 3:5-12

Sermon, Parable of the Weeds, Proper 11A, Matthew 13:24-30 36-43, Tacuina Sanitatis, Judgment, Forgiveness, Love

Weeding out Judgment – A Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

“Where, then, did these weeds come from?” (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Parable of the Weeds, Proper 11A) Who has not at some point asked that question? You may not have used those same words and you may not have spoken it aloud but I’ll bet everyone has, at some time or another, asked the question. Maybe you’ve read or watched the news and wondered, “How did … Continue reading Weeding out Judgment – A Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

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