Today we commemorate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus. Why did Jesus need to be baptized? He certainly had no sin to be cleansed. He knew that he was one with God the Father and God the Spirit. In fact, we know from the Scripture we heard this morning that the Father claimed him and pronounced his pleasure in his Son: In verse 22, we read, “…the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “Th...

Today is the feast of the Epiphany of our Lord. It is one of the principal feasts of the Church. As we heard in the Gospel today, three wise men came from the East to find the new born king. We three kings of Orient are… Who were these wise men? The Greek word that is translated here as wise men, is “Magoi” which became the English word “Magi.” That word can be translated as “magician” in other places, like the Acts of the Apostles,...

John 1:1-18 The Word made Flesh This is the first Sunday in Christmastide, that wonderful 12 day feast that is over for most of your friends. Why 12 days? I think it is because while many holy days are celebrated for an octave, or 8 days, Christmas is celebrated for an Octave and a half. That gives it a little more celebration than the rest. Christmas is over for most of the world. For many it is the culmination of the frantic shopping, the party...

Ascension Sunday
Sermon / May 9, 2016

Luke 24:49-53 Jesus said to his disciples, “See, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continu...

Sixth Sunday in Easter
Uncategorized / May 1, 2016

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you,” from the Gospel according to St. John....

Fifth Sunday in Easter
Uncategorized / April 25, 2016

The Revelation 19:1,4-9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” … from the Revelation to St. John the Divine. You will notice that this reading from the Revelation to St. John the Divine is filled with images of marriage. Listen to these words: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almig...