Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Christ – Jesus the Healer

As we see the various people Jesus heals in the icon vignette for today, and as we consider our readings (Psalm 103:1-5, Acts 10:34-43, and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22), we are reminded of how healing is part of God’s plan for his people, as a foretaste of eternity, how Jesus heals the whole person, plus how we are instrumental in God’s plan to bring healing to others as Christ’s kingdom advances.

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Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Christ – Jesus the Healer

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Christ – Blessing of the Children

The vignette of Jesus blessing the children reminds us of those Scriptures (Psalm 147, Deuteronomy, St Luke) that emphasize the importance children have in God’s plan of salvation, as well as how their guileless trust is a model for how we should approach God in faith.

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Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Christ – Blessing of the Children

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Jesus – Baptism of Our Lord

Continuing through our Lord’s life depicted in the Life of Christ icon, we arrive at his baptism in the Jordan by the John the Baptist. The Psalmist, Prophet Isaiah, and St Luke each reinforce this remarkable moment in Jesus’ life in their own way. And Christ’s very own faithfulness on our behalf opens the way for all baptized persons to take hold resurrection life and our Father’s love by faith.

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Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Jesus – Baptism of Our Lord

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Christ – Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

As we continue our study of the biblical background informing the Life of Christ icon, we come to the story of Christ’s being presented in the temple. Psalm 8, Galatians 4, and St Luke’s Gospel all reinforce how Jesus fulfills the our mission to care for creation, as well as God’s mission to bring us into his family and rescue us Jew and Gentile alike from sin and death. As part of Christ’s body may we all grow in our stewardship, gratitude, and trust in our Lord’s great salvation.

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Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Christ – Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Jesus – Nativity

This Summer, we are taking a look at the life of Jesus as inspired by the Life of Christ Icon. It has a central pantokrator (Ruler of All)  surrounded by vignettes from our Savior’s redemptive life. Today we see consider how Jesus models humility in his incarnation, as we read Psalm 96, Isaiah 9:2-7, and the famous Christmas story from Luke 2:1-14.

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Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Life of Jesus – Nativity

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Ascension & Seventh Sunday in Easter – 2017

One theme that pops up in our readings today is how Christ is glorified in his people. Of course, that ties in with the larger summons to seek and serve Christ is all people – as we promised in our baptismal covenant. So we need to do our part to look for Jesus in everyone, plus show that same same Jesus to everyone.

Also, take a moment to reflect on how Jesus fulfills God’s promises in his Ascension back to heaven, both in what he does for us and what he does in us.

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Ascension & Seventh Sunday in Easter – 2017

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Third Sunday of Easter – 2017

Progressing through Eastertide, our Gospel lesson brings us face to face with Jesus with a couple disciples heading to Emmaus, who then discover our Risen Lord in Scripture and the Breaking of Bread.  May we find Jesus in the Bible, his table, and our own tables as well.

Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Third Sunday of Easter – 2017