CREEDS Retreat Conference I: Advent and the Incarnation of Christ

Readings:  Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 3:1-7 Godspell:  “Prepare Ye” and “Save the People” One of the single greatest mysteries of our faith is the Incarnation of Christ.  When you stop to think about it, who are we that the Author of all Life should take on our own corrupt and broken form and become one of… Continue reading CREEDS Retreat Conference I: Advent and the Incarnation of Christ

Wisdom Has Built Her House

Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6, 11, 10; Romans 11:33-36; Mark 6:1-6 A lecture presented to the CREEDS Scripture Study group, kicking off their study of Wisdom Literature and the Chronicler. I. What is Wisdom Literature? You’ll be treated this year in CREEDS to an introduction to Hebrew Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. Wisdom literature is a… Continue reading Wisdom Has Built Her House

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Most of the time when I preach, the homily isn’t really for me. There is always something in the Scriptures that speaks to me in some way, but the main message that I receive from God is not necessarily addressed to me. That’s how preaching works: the Word is for all of us,… Continue reading Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Fulfilled in your hearing!

Today’s readings I want to begin this morning by reminding you of what we just heard in the first reading from Nehemiah: He read out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the… Continue reading Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Fulfilled in your hearing!

The Prophets: So What?

A lecture given to the St. Raphael Church CREEDS Bible Study Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Readings: Isaiah 6:1-13 | Matthew 23:1-15, 29-39 The prophets were all very strange men, it seems. Probably the reaction to them was a little like what we might experience if someone came running up the front aisle of Church on… Continue reading The Prophets: So What?

St. John Chrysostom

Today's Readings John Chrysostom was a desert monk, living a harshly ascetical life, but a life that was fulfilling for him.  After twelve years of service as a priest in Syria, he was brought to Constantinople in an imperial ruse to make him bishop.  Even though the beginnings of his episcopal service were thus clouded… Continue reading St. John Chrysostom

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

As they left Jericho, a great crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “[Lord,] Son of David, have pity on us!” The crowd warned them to be silent, but they called out all the more, “Lord, Son of David,… Continue reading Lord, let our eyes be opened.

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