Misericordia Domini, the Third Sunday of Easter

Following the Good Shepherd’s Voice Saint John 10:11-16 There is one flock, one shepherd … now. But about a half a year before His death and resurrection, when our Lord Jesus first spoke the words of our Gospel text, there were two flocks—two flocks of sheep, but still only one true shepherd—one Good Shepherd. The[…]

Second Sunday of Easter

Do Not Disbelieve, But Believe Saint John 20:19-31 On Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, the London Free Press ran an article entitled, “Redeeming Thomas: How Doubt Has Become a Stepping-Stone To Faith.” What I liked the most about the piece was the accompanying artwork, a painting by the Italian master Caravaggio, which I’ve[…]

Good Friday

The Day God Died Saint John 18:1-19:42 On Good Friday, fifty-one years ago, Time magazine detonated a religious bombshell in the midst of the American population, 97% of whom at the time said they believed in God. The magazine did this with its cover that simply, with a three-word question, asked, “IS GOD DEAD?” Inside[…]

Maundy Thursday

You Are Commanded: Do This 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 On the night in which He was betrayed our blessed Lord Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion for His disciples, indeed for all Christians, that it might be unto us His Testament, His parting gift, full of great comfort and blessing. As Martin Luther says, “We[…]

Palm Sunday

Through the Second Gate For You Saint Matthew 27:11-54 If the Divine Service had begun today as it normally does on most Sundays, without the liturgy of the Palm Procession, we would not have heard anything about our Lord Jesus entering Jerusalem, riding in through her gates on the back of a donkey, except for[…]

Judica, the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Your Abundant Life In Christ Saint John 8:42-59 About a half a year before His crucifixion, death, and resurrection, our Lord Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, a harvest festival commemorating the time of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness and Israel’s dependence upon the loving-kindness of[…]