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Sermon for Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

And so the promise first given to Ahaz, fulfilled in the Christmas Story, and proclaimed in the Te Deum is richest and purest Gospel for us this Christmas Day and every day. Through the eternal Kingship of the One who did not abhor the Virgin’s womb, we are members of the kingdom of God, faithful heirs and subjects of the One who opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. Perhaps St. John put it best in the first chapter of His Gospel: “But as many as received [Jesus], to them [God] gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (1:12-23). It sounds like the virgin birth of our Lord, doesn’t it? Our spiritual birth through Holy Baptism was not of human origin, but through the grace of God. Through our new birth from God the Father and Virgin Mother Church, we stand before God the Father as if we were the very Son of God Himself: holy and righteous in His sight. We hear His word of absolution, spoken from our heavenly Father to His sons and daughters. We sit at table with Him and eat His Son’s true body and blood. We feast with Him, even to eternity. And it’s all possible through Him “who became flesh and dwelt among us . . . full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:14). INJ. Amen.

Christmas Eve – Matthew 1:18-25/1 John 4:7-16/Isaiah 7:10-14

Friday, December 24th, 2010

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Tonight, the Lord has made known His salvation. Tonight, the Lord has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. The same Jesus, revealed as a spectacle hanging naked on a cross to die for the sin of […]

And the government shall be upon His shoulder

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Leo the Great on the “government” on the Messiah’s shoulder in Is. 9.6 as a prophecy of the holy cross: And so the Lord was handed over to their savage wishes, and in mockery of His kingly state, ordered to be the bearer of His own instrument of death, that what Isaiah the prophet foresaw […]

Saint Stephen – Matthew 23:34-39

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit It might be off-putting to come to Divine Service 24 hours after celebrating Christmas to see red paraments and to sing hymns honoring martyrs. The highs of yesterday’s Holy Gospel about the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the highs […]

Sermon for Advent IV

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Sermon on St. John 1:19-28 Advent IV (Rorate Coeli) + Jesu Juva +–  The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord.”  — St. John 1:23 Who are you? It is a fundamental question of our identity. It should not surprise us, then, that the priests and Levites of nearby […]