First Sunday in Advent

Advent Hosannas Saint Matthew 21:1-9 So here we are, dear friends, at the beginning of Advent, and I daresay that a great portion of the world has no idea that Advent has even come, nor what Advent means and is all about. The closest connection that many have with Advent is a calendar with little[…]

Christ the King

Christ the King Saint Matthew 25:31-46 When our Lord Jesus was handed over to Pontius Pilate on Good Friday, the Jewish chief priests accused Him of claiming to be a king. When Pilate asked Him about this accusation—whether it was true or not—Jesus told him, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Today, dear friends,[…]

Second Last Sunday of the Church Year

True Wisdom Saint Matthew 25:1-13 The parable told by our Lord Jesus in today’s Holy Gospel, about the five wise and five foolish virgins, is a cautionary tale that warns against the folly of not being ready for the end, when Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. The end with[…]

Feast of All Saints

Happy In the Presence of God Saint Matthew 5:1-12 Blessed. Do you know what that word means? When I used the thesaurus on my computer, these were the suggested synonyms—words that mean the same: “holy, sacred, sanctified, hallowed, consecrated, set apart.” But the Greek word that Jesus uses nine times in today’s Gospel text, and[…]