In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The processional Gospel from Matthew chapter 21 is read twice in the Church Year. It is first read on the First Sunday in Advent and again as we begin Holy Week. When we hear this reading in Advent, […]
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The mystery that Jesus is sacramentalizing by riding triumphally into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey is his parousia, his coming as a king in peace and as a judge in vindication. Had he been coming as a king to make war, or as a judge to settle scores, he would presumably have come […]
It is my custom to read the full Matthew Passion, preaching a brief homily and letting the Passion do much of the preaching. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Today’s Epistle begins with these words, Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in […]
Today’s Gospel is the only Gospel lesson appointed for two Sundays in the church year. It is the portal of the church year (Advent I), where we welcome Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna” and “Blessed is he.” And it is also the Gospel lesson for this, the first day of Holy Week, when we anticipate the shouts of “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” A very important lesson on who Jesus is and what Jesus does as we begin the most holy and solemn week of the church’s year of grace.
I’m reading the entire Matthew Passion this year, so the sermon is brief and more of an exhortation than a sermon. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The first thing we hear Jesus say as we begin the Passion Harmony during Lenten Vespers is You […]