Prepare the Way of the Lord

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
`Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.'” From the Gospel of St. Matthew.

St. Matthew here quotes from the prophet Isaiah in Chapter 40. Verses 3 – 5 are these:

A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

The voice that cries out is a messenger of God, an angel of the Lord. St. Matthew loved to quote the Old Testament Scripture as a way to lend authority to his Gospel. As you know, the first chapter is devoted to the genealogy of Jesus showing him as a descendant of Abraham, down the line through King David, and finally to Joseph who was betrothed to Mary. Continue Reading

Put on the Amour of Light

Let us then lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.” From St. Paul’s letter to the Romans.

Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. The theme of the coming of the Day of the Lord, or the advent of the Lord to judge the living and the dead is a constant in our teaching of the Gospel. Jesus describes it in the context of the great flood in the days of Noah. No one expected the flood that would destroy the world, despite the warnings of Noah. They ate and drank, got married, and generally lived without a care in the world. They never expected the flood. This event, the flood and Noah’s ark, are a kind of pre-figuring of the day of judgement. Continue Reading

Christ the King Sunday

This is the King of the Jews, from the Gospel of St. Luke

Today is what is known as Christ the King Sunday. It is also the last Sunday of the Church year, as next week Advent begins. Today we celebrate the Kingship of our Lord Jesus, who ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father, as we say in the Nicene Creed.

We Americans do not have much experience with Kings and Royalty and such. We know that 240 years ago we declared our independence from then King of England, George III. However, In England, home of our ancestral Church, royalty goes way back. It’s a concept that is engrained in their culture. Continue Reading