Blessed Paul Giustiniani, Sin, Grace, Forgiveness, Psalm 145:14, Dom Jean Leclerq

Lift Me Up and I Shall Live Again

From Blessed Paul Giustiniani as quoted by Dom Jean Leclerq in Alone with God (p. 113); ‘The Lord lifts up those who fall’ [Ps. 145:15]. I never tire of repeating this word, which is the foundation of all my hope. I have fallen, Lord, but You are my God and my king: According to your infinite Majesty and boundless Goodness, lift me up and I … Continue reading Lift Me Up and I Shall Live Again

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

When We are Good and Lost – A Sermon on Luke 15:1-10

“This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them” (from Luke 15:1-10; Proper 19, Year C). That’s what the Pharisees and scribes said about Jesus. So how does that strike you? What do you hear in those words? Are they words of complaint and disagreement or ones of hope and invitation? At one level the words of the Pharisees and scribes are simply a statement of … Continue reading When We are Good and Lost – A Sermon on Luke 15:1-10

The Freedom of Forgiveness, A Sermon on Luke 7:36-8:3

“Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?’” Jesus is not calling Simon’s attention to this woman. She has already done that. Her tears, her hair, her kisses, her touching, her anointing. Simon, no doubt, has been watching her. He has seen her. That’s not Jesus’ question. Jesus wants to know if Simon understands. Does he know what the woman knows? Does he understand the meaning behind … Continue reading The Freedom of Forgiveness, A Sermon on Luke 7:36-8:3

When Exile and Words of Comfort Meet – A Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11, Advent 2B

The collect and readings for today, The Second Sunday of Advent, may be found here. The following sermon focuses on Isaiah 40:1-11. “Comfort, o comfort my people.” These are God’s ancient words to his people; spoken through the prophet Isaiah in the 6th century b.c. Their relevance and timeliness, however, are not lost on us today. It is not hard to find people in discomfort, … Continue reading When Exile and Words of Comfort Meet – A Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11, Advent 2B