Matthew 7:15-23: False Prophets

“Beware of false prophets,” our Lord cautions.  The danger is real; otherwise, why did Jesus warn us with such words?  Now, if a false prophet can exist, so also can false teaching and worship.  From their mouths flow words of death, not life. “Enter through the narrow gate,” the warning continues.  Why?  The boulevard of […]

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10: Vocation

How did we find ourselves in such an unsatisfying and uncivil place?  From our perspective of only a few decades, we realize the most basic of civilities are slinking away.  Too many people drive like jerks and yell at others for being too slow.  One person cries out against intolerance but is intolerant toward those […]

Holy Trinity

Strange, indeed, is the Athanasian Creed.  Perplexed tongues undulate in unusual patterns, expressing what confuses us, as we quiver molecules of air about the mysteries of God.  The creed’s words speak of the blessed Trinity, on the threefold nature of God, whom we can never master.  No mere created being can comprehend the Creator’s mind […]

Acts 2: Pentecost

Intro To a people baptized in the waters of the Red Sea and now wandering in the wilderness, God came.  To make them His separate and distinct people, He gave them many rites and rituals.  Among these commanded worship forms (in Leviticus 23), we encounter Pentecost, a thanksgiving festival for the first crop of the […]

Revelation 22: I Am the Alpha and Omega

I From Adam and Eve to you and me, we can chant the psalm.  “Behold, how pleasant and sweet for brothers to dwell together….  The Lord decreed this blessing of life for eternity” (Psalm 133:1, 4).  Yes, God desires such unity, but we, instead, clutch and grab in our discord and disunity!  So soon did […]

Matthew 28:18-20: I Am with You Always

On the first Easter morning, grieving women find Jesus’ tomb is empty.  Soon, Peter and John sprint to His burial site to find out if this is true.  Several hours pass and Jesus appears to His disciples, authorizing them to absolve and retain sins.  Later, He will assemble the Eleven, giving them a new mandate—in […]

Easter: John 11:25: I Am the Resurrection and the Life

Never more to die, Jesus now lives!  Now, the sunrise of Easter shines upon us, sending away the somber mood of Lent.  All is now different because Jesus struck down the walls of death’s fortress.  The cross now beams with a brilliant light.  All sadness mutes as the music of our consolation and well-being trumpet […]

Palm Sunday: Psalm 119:19-29: “Open to Me the gates of righteousness”

Long before the beginnings of print, before television infiltrated our lives, people gathered in their communities and told stories.  These entertained and educated, and passed down a culture’s history and tradition.  The power of the story shaped the way people thought and helped mold and maintain a cohesive community.  Picture the Israelites.  Though scholars wrote […]

Good Friday: John 12:32-33: When the I Am is Lifted Up

The nails pierce, thorns stab, and blood feeds the ground.  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin, its poison, is the Law.  For what God commands from us requires perfection, but promises life to all who do what He demands.  For those who can’t, one finds only death since God’s Law […]

Maundy Thursday: John 6:47-56: I Am the Bread of Life

The first Passover, such a horrific and gruesome sight, unlike any in Egypt, whether before or after.  At twilight, an enslaved people slaughter thousands of lambs, eat of their flesh, and brush their blood on the doorposts of their houses.  Those lambs died, so the firstborn sons of Israel may live.  From this somber Passover, […]