Today our readings cover God’s covenant of rescue through Moses, particularly the Ten Commandments. May we all learn to love God and neighbor by obeying the moral commandments of God as an expression of gratitude for Christ’s saving work in our lives.
Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – 4th Sunday after Epiphany – 2018
Our lesson from St Mark’s Gospel reveals Jesus as Teacher and Deliverer, ultimately pointing us to the fact that he is the Son of God. May we all discover both the preparatory and the timely message of Word made flesh more than enough to reveal his saving love for us!
Fr. Lenny’s Sermon & Bonus Poem – Christmas Eve – 2017
Sore throat, but still preached from St Paul’s letter to Titus in the lectionary. Jesus came to save, and he saved us out of love. Merry Christmas! (P.S. Enjoy the poem based on the letter to the Hebrews appointed for Christmas III below the sermon! Forgive the double-spacing; can’t change it on WordPress.)
Who Is This Jesus? (Christmas Day – Hebrews 1:1-4)
Who is this Jesus?
Who is this babe?
The Son of Mary?
The Son of God?
He is the one of whom prophets wrote,
Of whom through their words, our Father spoke.
He is the heir and Son Most High,
Who has made all things both far and nigh.
He is the radiance that comes from God,
His very stamped image deserving of laud.
He is the One who upholds the world,
The Word that keeps all things from coming unfurled.
He is sits at God’s right hand, enthroned above,
Whose blood bought forgiveness through his great love.
Above all the angels, his own name exceeds
All creatures in heaven or earth who owe creeds.
Here is this Jesus!
Here is this babe!
The sure Son of Mary.
The true Son of God.
Fr. Lenny’s Sermons – Holy Week Trio
Been preaching, but not posting, in order to assemble a collection of sermons that cover the icon vignettes in the Life of Christ Icon that span Holy Week – the Triumphal Entry, the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion. Listen and reflect along with the readings as you consider those mighty acts by which our Savior brought us from sin and death into holiness and life eternal.
Triumphal Entry: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 / Zechariah 9:9-12 / Mark 11:1-11
Last Supper: Psalm 23 (KJV) / 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 / Mark 14:22-25
Crucifixion: Psalm 31:9-16 / Philippians 2:5-11 / Mark 15:33-39
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.
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.
Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Second Sunday in Lent – 2017
The lectionary inspires us Lenten penitents with the story of Abraham, the spiritual ancestor of those who learn to relate to God by faith instead of imperfect human obedience or heredity.
Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – First Sunday in Lent – 2017
As we walk the penitential path with Jesus this Lent, our lectionary readings help us compare and contrast Adam and Jesus so we might better appreciate the great salvation our Lord has worked out for all who believe.
Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – 2nd Sunday in Epiphany 2017 & Memorial Homily
Two homiletical endeavors this week. First, this Sunday’s lectionary readings took us through Isaiah’s hopeful promise of salvation for those on the fringes of life.
Second, today, we honored the life and faith of St Francis’ own, Laura Revello at her memorial.
Fr. Lenny’s Sermon – Baptism of Our Lord – 2017
This first Sunday after Epiphany, we launch into the ministry of Jesus, and discover the gentle justice he brings as the Messiah described by the prophet Isaiah.