Proper 23B – Mark 10:17-31 “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” I wonder what drove the man to Jesus. I wonder what was going on in his life that caused him to run to Jesus, kneel down, and ask his question. What’s the desperation behind his question? What’s his desire? We could speculate about him but chances are there have been … Continue reading A New Day, A New Life – A Sermon On Mark 10:17-31
Some losses are irreparable. The time is ruined. The suffering cannot be redeemed. There is no gain from this pain, no view long enough to eventually say, “It was worth it,” nothing that can compensate for what has been taken. And that’s okay. I do not want a salary for my suffering, I want salvation from it. This irreparable loss, this ruined time, this unredeemable … Continue reading Irreparable Loss
Luke 19:1-10; Proper 26C “♫Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he♫.” Some of you may remember that song from your childhood Sunday School. Maybe you even sang it. I’ll spare you my singing of the rest of that song but what I can’t spare you is the fact that at some point we are all Zacchaeus, wee little men … Continue reading When Life Cuts You Down to Size – A Sermon on Luke 19:1-10
How could the human race go to God if God had not come to us? How should we free ourselves from our birth into death if we had not been born again according to faith by a new birth generously given by God, thanks to that which came about from the Virgin’s womb? – Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies, IV.33.4. This is the reason why … Continue reading Irenaeus and the Purpose of the Incarnation
There are moments when the existential questions of life can no longer be answered, ignored, or denied by focusing on our careers, jobs, marriages, families, acquisitions, or accomplishments. We are, to paraphrase the opening of St. Augustine’s Confessions, restless until our hearts rest in God. Who am I? Where am I from? Where am I going? What is my purpose? These are questions of restlessness … Continue reading Theosis, the Human Vocation
Behold, the time of our salvation approacheth; make thou ready, O cave; for it is time for the Virgin to give birth: and thou, Bethlehem of Judah, rejoice and be happy; for from thee shall shine forth our Lord. Listen O, mountains and hills and the regions about Judah; for Christ cometh to save man whom he did create; for he is the Lover of … Continue reading The Time of our Salvation Approaches
Although it offers an Orthodox answer I think this video also represents The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion at our best – when we return to our patristic roots. Thanks to The Country Parson and Byzigenous Buddapalian Continue reading Are You Saved?