Third Sunday after the Epiphany

But Only Say the Word, Lord Saint Matthew 8:1-13 The events reported to us by Saint Matthew in today’s Holy Gospel take place following our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is still in the early days of His earthly ministry, and Matthew tells us that during this time “he went throughout all Galilee, teaching[…]

Second Sunday after Epiphany

The Bridegroom’s Love for You Saint John 2:1-11 Today’s Holy Gospel begins with the evangelist Saint John telling us that there’s a wedding in Cana, attended by Mary, the mother of Jesus, and also by Jesus and His disciples. In addition, we’re told that this wedding is taking place on the third day. Now, I’m[…]

The Baptism of our Lord

Baptized For You Saint Matthew 3:13-17 In the fifth chapter of Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church, he writes about your life in Christ, saying, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” You are a “new creation,” he says, but[…]

The Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord (transferred)

Behold! God’s Love Is for You Saint Matthew 2:1-12 According to the Julian calendar, which, for religious purposes, is followed by many of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians, yesterday was Christmas Day. The day before, which we who follow the Gregorian calendar and mark as the Feast of the Epiphany, was their Christmas Eve. “Well,[…]

The Circumcision and Name of Jesus

The Circumcision and Name of Jesus Saint Luke 2:21 I don’t believe that there is a shorter Gospel Reading in the entire Church Year than what we have before us this morning. Only one sentence long; only 28 words, but in that one sentence and those 28 words, we have a bountiful portion of both[…]

New Year’s Eve

Ready to be Blessed Saint Luke 12:35-40 When I was a young kiddliwink, and my bedtime was maybe nine or ten o’clock, I’d beg my parents to let me stay up late on New Year’s Eve so that I could “count down” the minutes until the stroke of midnight and the beginning of the New[…]