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Epiphany I, January 7, 2018 - St. Luke 2:41-52

Posted: Sunday, January 7th, 2018 (0 comments)

Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. His Mother kept all these sayings in her heart. Do these words jump out at you whenever you hear Luke 2? We’ve been hearing this chapter for 2 weeks now. We heard the story of Jesus’ Birth on Christmas, and of His Circumcision on New Year’s Day. We heard what Simeon had to say to Mary about Him last Sunday, and today we hear all we know about Him as a youth. Mary kept all these sayings in her heart. She pondered them and handed them down to us. Luke says at the beginning of His Gospel that he interviewed the eyewitnesses to get the stories, so many people think his source is Mary herself. . . .

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Epiphany, January 6, 2018 - St. Matthew 2:1-12

Posted: Saturday, January 6th, 2018 (0 comments)

“Behold, the Lord, the Ruler, hath come: and the kingdom and the power and the glory are in His hand.” These words, our Introit Antiphon, were composed by the Church long ago to hymn our Lord’s Epiphany. They are inspired by the Psalms and Revelation. They confess that this Child Mary bore is no mere mortal, but God in our flesh. . . .

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New Year's Day, January 1, 2018 - St. Luke 2:21

Posted: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 (0 comments)

Happy New Year! Your gift is the shortest Gospel in the entire Church Year: just 1 verse. But hardly any other verse of Scripture is filled with so much. It is so much that The Church has sometimes split this reading up over 2 days, for in it we hear 2 distinct things. The Child was circumcised. The Child was named Jesus. . . .

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New Year's Eve, December 31, 2017 - I Peter 1:22-25

Posted: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 (0 comments)

Nothing lasts long. Flowers sure don’t. Our poinsettias may last a month, but they can’t stay here forever. Flowers that have been in church often last no more than a week. We wish they’d last longer, but they just don’t. Flowers fade and then they fall off. They don’t last. Grass dies and goes brown. Corn stalks go yellow. We die. And years come to an end. . . .

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Sunday after Christmas, December 31, 2017 - St. Luke 2:33-40

Posted: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 (0 comments)

The Church takes us through our Lord’s life over about 6 months. But the events don’t always come in order. This Saturday we celebrate Epiphany, the coming of the wise men. Yet a few days ago, on the 28th, she remembered Herod killing Bethlehem’s baby boys, which only happened after the wise men went home. As it is, Saturday can’t be the day the wise men came, because they came after the events of today’s Gospel, which took place on February 2; the Church reads the previous verses in Luke 2 on that day. So today we’ve fast-forwarded 40 days, even though Christmas was only 6 days ago. We’ll read about our Lord’s Circumcision and Naming tomorrow, which happened 33 days before what we just read. . . .

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Christmas Day 2017 - St. Luke 2:1-20

Posted: Thursday, December 28th, 2017 (0 comments)

It was horrible timing. Advent was only 3 weeks this year. Sure, the stores have been ready for Christmas since probably August. Sure, there was a week between Thanksgiving and Advent. But it was horrible timing. Christmas came far too quick for the pastor. Did it come too quick for you? . . .

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Christmas Eve 2017 - St. Luke 2:1-20

Posted: Thursday, December 28th, 2017 (0 comments)

It’s dark out. The darkest day of the year was a couple days ago. Wasn’t there so much more light not that long ago? But darkness has overcome. The only thing making it less awful is all the beautiful Christmas lights we see here, there, and everywhere. I get the feeling so many of those lights are simply for that reason: to make darkness less unbearable. The advent of Halloween and Thanksgiving lights gives me that impression. . . .

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Advent IV, December 24, 2017 - St. Matthew 1:18-25

Posted: Thursday, December 28th, 2017 (0 comments)

Christmas is almost here. It comes tonight. You’re ready, and if you aren’t, you’ve got only a few hours left. The presents are wrapped. The tree is up. You’ve got what you need for dinner. The gas tank might even be filled up. You know where you’re going, when you’re going, and even how long you’ll be there and what you’ll do. You can’t wait to open gifts, play games, and eat to your heart’s delight. . . .

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Advent Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Isaiah 25:6-10

Posted: Friday, December 22nd, 2017 (0 comments)

We love mountains. They’re great for skiing, if you like that sort of thing. They give us great views of valleys beneath, filled with picturesque scenes of homes, churches, and farms during the day, and lights at night. They grab our attention as we drive towards them, and we can’t miss them as we drive around, through, or over them. For some people, the mountain is their life. . . .

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Advent III, December 17, 2017 - St. Matthew 11:2-10

Posted: Friday, December 22nd, 2017 (0 comments)

They should have rejoiced. It had been 400 years since there had been a prophet, since Malachi concluded his prophecy with the words you heard last week. He foretold the coming of another angel of the Lord, not an angel like Gabriel, yet a messenger of God. “Angel” means “messenger.” John, like Malachi, was sent with a message: “Prepare the way of the Lord!” He is coming! . . .

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