First Sunday in Advent

Advent Hosannas Saint Matthew 21:1-9 Christmas began two days ago. Oh, not the Christmas that you and I will observe in about 3½ weeks from now that celebrates and gives thanks for the incarnation of God’s Son for us, but the secular, commercialized, retail version that runs from Black Friday to Boxing Day and into[…]

Christ the King

Standing Before the King Saint Matthew 25:31-46 As Dr. Luther says about the text that is before us today, “The words of this Gospel are in themselves clear and lucid.” He’s right; they are. Even though our Lord Jesus deals with a future event that is in some respects quite otherworldly, He presents it all[…]

Second-Last Sunday of the Church Year

The Wisdom of Readiness Saint Matthew 25:1-13 One more week, and we will be at the end of the Church Year and poised to begin another with the start of the season of Advent. Next week the appointed readings from Holy Scripture will bring us to consider the Last Day, when Christ, our King, will[…]

Third-last Sunday of the Church Year

Thy Kingdom Come Saint Luke 17:20-30 In the Small Catechism, Dr. Luther explains the meaning of the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy kingdom come,” in the following way: “The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.” When[…]

Feast of All Saints

Blessing For All the Saints Saint Matthew 5:1-12 Today, dear friends, we want to consider the often-misunderstood relationship of faith and good works, as it concerns our salvation and everlasting life, and the lives that we live now in the grace of God. In today’s Holy Gospel, the Lord Jesus presents an eschatological lesson about[…]