They’re called “The Beatitudes,” a series of blessings given by Jesus to the faithful who heard His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5—7). If you were listening carefully to the Gospel Lesson, you might have noticed that the first eight beatitudes or blessings are given to believers in general: “Blessed are the poor,” “Blessed are those who mourn,” etc. But the last beatitude is given directly to the disciples: “Blessed are you when they reviled and persecute you,” etc. As someone said, “The cross casts its shadow before Christ, the disciples, and the people—the stage is set for the passion of Jesus and his Church” (Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, p. 118). Today, I’d like to focus on the cross casting its shadow over four groups of saints, each depicted on your bulletin cover (van Eyck, Ghent Altar Piece): Apostles, Prophets, martyrs, and the whole Christian church.
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Sermon on St. Matthew 11:12-15 Reformation Day (Observed) 28 October 2012 + In the Name of Jesus + For by grace you have been saved through faith. — Ephesians 2:8 Some of you have heard of the Latin phrase Sola Scriptura, “By Scripture alone.” This phrase, popular since the Reformation, reminds us that all doctrine […]
A free text for Reformation…freedom of the Gospel and all…. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The text for today’s observation of the Reformation is from Romans chapter one, verses 16 and 17: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for […]
Reformation Day (Matthew 11:12-19): Martin Franzmann on The Evil Root of Man’s Contradiction to the ChristTuesday, October 23rd, 2012
What is the evil root of man’s contradiction to the Christ? Two indictments made by Jesus, one of the people in general and one of their Pharisaic leadership, make it particularly plain. The indictment of the people takes the form of a little parable (Matthew 11:16-19). Jesus compares the men of “this generation” to petulant […]
On the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Sermon by Johann Heermann, from his Labores Sacri. Translated and abbreviated by Matthew Carver, 2012. Repentance and conversion do us show How sinful man to heaven’s bliss may go. OPENING In the name of Christ Jesus, our good Savior, who will grant the forgiveness of sins mercy […]