Eckardtesian Thought: I think, therefore I write . . .
Jesus' ordination sermon for his apostles is recorded in St. Matthew 10. A sermon on that sermon is here.
Jesus said he had compassion on the multitude that followed him into the wilderness, and so does he have compassion on us in our wilderness of life. The wilderness exists because we ruined the Garden by sin; but still he has compassion, even to the point of redeeming us. Sermon for Trinity VII.
Jesus wants you all to himself; he is a jealous God. The definition of faith is that Jesus alone must be worshiped as the one true God; for he alone has redeemed us by his blood. Sermon for Midweek of Trinity VI.
The righteousness of the Pharisees was outward, and is not sufficient for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, as Jesus says. Therefore a better, inward righteousness is needed. But when you think on yourself, your heart, your mind, surely you know that it is not within you. See, you have an adversary: your own conscience. So do as Jesus says here: agree with your adversary, and, forsaking your own righteousness, receive in a hearty faith the righteousness given in Baptism and at the Altar, namely, the perfect righteousness of Christ. Sermon for Trinity V.
Jesus uses nature itself to illustrate a truth: behold how his word draws a multitude of fish into the nets, even as a multitude of people drew near him to hear the word of God. And so also, he makes your very life a parable: you are like these fishermen, toiling all night long fruitlessly, your nets soiled and in need of washing, and ready to break. Yet he remains with you and will not depart from you but give grace to help in time of need. His mercy forgives sins and promises life and salvation. Sermon for Trinity V.
This feast day, June 29th, used to be so great that it was accorded the kind of solemnity given to Christmas: three masses were held on one day. These two great apostles are rumored to have been martyred on the same day, in the same city of Rome, and their graves have been together ever since (including the occasion of their removal to a safekeeping place in time of persecution). So it is fitting that here at St. Paul's we observe the day in place of our midweek worship, though we were a couple days early. In fact we even began our observance Tuesday night with Vespers and a homily about the day. Then on Wednesday at Mass, the sermon gave a more thorough explanation of the importance of their martyrdom.
See how everything happens just according to the divine plan, even down to the naming of Elizabeth, Zacharias, and John himself. At long last the world arrives at the threshold of the fullness of time, for in six short months the Messiah himself will be born. So let us take comfort in knowing, when it seems otherwise, that our Lord is utterly in control of everything that happens to us, forgives our sins for his own name's sake, and brings us his salvation exactly as he said he would. Sermon for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
The Gospel in its purity is here, on the lips of Jesus' enemies, by a twist of God's irony: This man receives sinners and eats with them. Thanks be to God this is true! Indeed he receives only sinners. Therefore let us not be afraid to admit to being sinners, and gladly approach him in humility and faith. Sermon for Trinity III.
Jesus' parable of the Great Supper calls us to renounce excuses for staying away from the word of God, and warns us of the dangers and allurements of the world. They are many: I have bought a field, I have bought five yoke of oxen; I have married a wife. None of these gifts should ever replace their Giver, however, or they become idols. This is our challenge, especially now, for we live in Sodom, where hedonistic pleasures and temptations to turn away from our Maker are myriad. Sermon for Trinity II is here.