Series: Easter 2020

5-24-20 Exaudi

May 24, 2020
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In today’s reading Jesus speaks of two things. First Jesus tells us about the Helper, the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth: “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” The Holy Spirit will bear witness about…

5-17-20 Rogate

May 17, 2020
You should pray for what you sincerely want God to give you. That is, prayer should come from your heart. Otherwise prayer is a sham, a religious exercise totally disconnected from your actual life and thoughts and wants and cares. When Jesus commands us to pray – and he does, “Ask and you will receive” is a command – he’s not laying some religious burden on us. We often turn prayer into this. OK, it’s…

5-10-20 Cantate

May 10, 2020
When the Comforter comes, Jesus says, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. It’s simply beautiful how Jesus puts it. The Comforter will convict the world of sin because they do not believe in me, Jesus says. First Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Comforter or the Helper, and then He says this Comforter will convict the world of sin. You see the irony here. If you were to make a…

5-3-20 Jubilate

May 3, 2020
Our Gospel repeats the words “a little while” seven times. Now seven is a holy number. This is consistent throughout the Bible. This isn’t overly pious speculation, some cabalistic spiritualizing of the text, reading into it some meaning it doesn’t have. It’s quite the opposite. The number seven matters and the Holy Spirit uses it here with specific purpose as He does throughout the Bible. Three is the number of God, because God is three…

4-26-20 Misericordias Domini

April 26, 2020
It is dangerous to be a Christian. The Apostle Peter writes, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Pet. 4:12). The Apostle John writes, “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you” (1 Jn. 3:13). And the Apostle Paul quotes Psalm 44, which has to do with life as a Christian, “For your sake we are being killed…

4-19-20 Quasimodo Geniti

April 19, 2020
Millions of Christians in our country are being kept from going to church right now. Some are being ordered by their governments to stay home and some are staying home by their own decision, afraid they might infect others or afraid they might be infected themselves. In any case, many Christians, probably more than ever in the history of the world, want to go to church and feel themselves constrained not to. This isn’t a…

4-12-20 Easter Sunday 2

April 12, 2020
Alleluia! Christ is risen! “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). For Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Cor. 15:20). Death is swallowed up in victory (1 Cor. 15:54). Jesus has engulfed the funeral pall that was woven over all nations (Is. 25:7) and has prepared for us a feast of everlasting joy.…

4-12-20 Easter Sunday

April 12, 2020
Alleluia. Christ is risen. The disciples should have been more surprised at Jesus’ death than at his resurrection. Jesus had raised the dead in front of their eyes - in fact he raised Lazarus just a week before his crucifixion. The disciples had confessed already, and they meant it, that Jesus was Lord, that he had the words of eternal life. They heard Jesus say, I and the Father are one. They saw Him prove…
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