I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11-16 In the Gospel according to St. John, Jesus makes several statements about himself to try to inform and reinforce his message to those willing to hear. To begin, it’s best to see why these statements had such an impact on his hearers....

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:19-31 Poor Thomas. Thomas has been saddled with the name “Doubting Thomas” for a very long time. No one refers to Peter as “Sinking Peter,” because when he got out of the boat to go to Jesus, he looked down, and started to sink because he got scared. What about Andrew and Philip, who questioned Jesus on the h...

“By grace you have been saved” from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10 When I was a young boy, my family would take trips to see my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins in New Orleans. My two older sisters and I would sit in the back seat, and my mom would try very hard to keep us entertained with games. There were no music players, no headphones, no iPads to keep us busy. Parents today have it so easy. Setup the iPad with a m...

Temptation in the Wilderness
Sermon / February 18, 2018

“Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18 Of the three Gospel accounts of the temptations in the wilderness, St. Mark’s is the shortest. And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him....

The Mountain Top
Sermon / February 11, 2018

Mar 9:7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”  8 And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.  Today is the last Sunday after Epiphany in our calendar. The Season of Epiphany which we just concluded started on January 6, when we commemorated the revealing of Jesus to the world. The word Epiphany means revelation, or s...

The Baptism of our Lord
Sermon / January 7, 2018

St. John the Baptizer said, “I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” From the Gospel according to St. Mark” Today we are celebrating the baptism of Jesus. The baptism consisted of the washing in the river, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  St. Peter mentions this in Acts 10:38: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of th...