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!
Today in our Gospel lesson, as Jesus implores St Peter and St Andrew to follow him and become fishers of men and women, we are reminded that asking us to share the message and love of Christ is asking no more than what he himself did when he walked among us. If evangelism is your goal, then receive this blessing from the Compleat Angler, “Let the blessing of St. Peter’s Master be…upon all that are lovers of virtue, and dare trust in his Providence, and be quiet and go a-angling.”
On this Day of Our Lord’s Baptism our lesson from St Mark reminds us that what belongs to Jesus through the Father’s live also belongs to us by faith in the waters of baptism.
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.
Being part of an active ecumenical ministerium is such a blessing. Today I had the chance to share about our wise God as St Paul writes to the Romans about. May we all rejoice in the mystery now revealed in Christ’s coming!
Our lesson from 1 Thessalonians this Gaudete Sunday gives us practical instruction in how to pass the time joyfully while we the coming of our Lord and King.