Zacchaeus, Sermon, Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4 and 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144, Proper 26C, Salvation

When Life Cuts You Down to Size – A Sermon on Luke 19:1-10

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

Irenaeus and the Purpose of the Incarnation

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

Theosis, the Human Vocation

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

The Time of our Salvation Approaches

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