The Scandal We Long For – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

What is the most shocking part of today’s gospel (Matthew 1:18-25, Advent 4A)? What’s the thing that makes you wonder whether it really happened the way Matthew describes? What’s the hardest part to believe? For most people, I suspect, the thing that raises questions, controversy, and debate is Mary’s virginity. Aren’t virginity and pregnancy mutually exclusive? How is it possible for a virgin to be pregnant … Continue reading The Scandal We Long For – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

Luke, Tell Me the Story Again!

Icon of the Nativity(Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Icon of the Nativity
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

There are some stories that simply bear repeating. Children want to hear the same old bed time story. Lovers tell the story of meeting and falling in love. Parents tell the story of their child’s birth. Tonight the Church tells the Christmas story. None of these stories are new. They have been told throughout the ages and will continue to be told.

It does not matter that we might know the story by heart. Even when we know all the characters by name, even when we can quote their conversations, even when we know what happens and how the story ends, some stories are worth hearing again. Not only that, some stories need to be heard again.

There is something within us that wants and needs to hear the great stories again and again. It’s not because we think the story has changed or might end differently. It’s because our story, our individual life story, has changed and we’re just not sure how it will end. Continue reading “Luke, Tell Me the Story Again!”

Scandals, Wombs, and Emmanuel – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 1:1-25. Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and … Continue reading Scandals, Wombs, and Emmanuel – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25