Holiness Always Wins – A Sermon on Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

“Now after the wise men had left….” How strange that that is how today’s gospel (Matthew 2: 13-15, 19-23; Second Sunday after Christm) begins. We hear of their departure before we hear of their arrival. The wise men left before they’ve even arrived. At least that’s what happens as the readings are presented to us in the liturgy. We don’t hear the story of the … Continue reading Holiness Always Wins – A Sermon on Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

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

The Choice, A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

Just a few days into Christmas and the liturgical calendar confronts us with the Feast of the Holy Innocents. “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under” (Mt. 2:16). The hymn, Salvete flores Martyrum, reminds us that the Church views the slaughtered … Continue reading The Choice, A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

The Choice – A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

Just a few days into Christmas and the liturgical calendar confronts us with the Feast of the Holy Innocents. “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under” (Mt. 2:16). The hymn, Salvete flores Martyrum, reminds us that the Church views the … Continue reading The Choice – A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

St. Thomas and St. Joseph, Faithful Doubters

How interesting that today, December 21, just four days before Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas, the Apostle. Think of Thomas and most will think about “Doubting Thomas.” Before we can get to the Nativity of our Lord, the manifestation of the incarnation, we must first face Thomas and his “doubts” about the resurrection. James Dennis, writing at Domini Canes, says this “interruption in … Continue reading St. Thomas and St. Joseph, Faithful Doubters

A Sermon for Christmas 2 – Caring for the Holy

The collect and readings for today, the Second Sunday after Christmas, may be found here. The gospel appointed for today is Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23. I included the omitted section, verses 16-18. 13Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until … Continue reading A Sermon for Christmas 2 – Caring for the Holy