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Christ is the way for us who have lost our way; he went the way of the cross to redeem us from sin; and he is the truth for us and for a world which knows no truth, for all men are liars; and he is the life for all who walk in him who is the way by holding to his truth of the Gospel: he who bodily rose from the dead also promises bodily resurrection to all who trust in and receive him. Sermon for Easter III Midweek
Jesus warns that his disciples will not see him in a little while, and again in a little while they shall see him. Why must this be? Because he must atone for their sins, lest they perish. So let us learn of the need for atonement, by acknowledging our sins, and then by receiving the fruits of our redemption. And let us also learn not to chafe when he gives to us little whiles of trouble before joy comes in the morning. For these little whiles remind us of our sin, and also remind us of our Savior. Sermon for Jubilate.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He gives his life for the sheep. But he must yet return to them, else how can he continue as their shepherd? He must rise from the dead. So he does; not only so, but he must establish a holy Office through which he continues to shepherd his sheep until his return. So he also says to Peter: Feed my sheep. Sermon for Misericordias Domini.
The first time the risen Christ says "Peace be unto you," it is for the benefit of his chosen apostles themselves; the second time, it is for them to carry into all the world, that finally we might be comforted. For as the Father sent him, so now he sends them, and establishes the Office of the Ministry. This is their certification and commissioning. Thus the Gospel of the risen Christ spreads to all the world. Guest sermon by Fr. Peter Eckardt.
The disciples were on the wrong way, as they journeyed to Emmaus, for theirs was the way on which faith had died and they had only their foolish reason. So the Way came and walked with them and brought them back, preaching to them and kindling in their hearts a new faith, born of his preaching and the breaking of the bread. So also with us, it is preaching and the Blessed Sacrament that kindles in us a hearty and eternal faith in the risen Christ. Sermon for Easter Midweek.
Why did you doubt? Has not Christ promised? And has not his promise's fulfillment been foretold in myriad ways? Do you still doubt? Today of all days? Here is your infallible proof. Lend your ears! Listen! He says, All Hail! Alleluia! Christ is risen! Sermon for Easter Day.
From Fr. Peter Eckardt of Alexandria: A garden is a place of life and growth. So it was that in the beginning there was a garden; and in the Passion of our Lord we also find gardens: at first, of Gethesemane, and at last, of Jesus' burial. And as the tree of life was in the Garden of Eden, so now between the two gardens of Jesus' Passion is the cross, which is the tree of life, where Jesus is suspended between heaven and earth. Here is the glory of God; here, behold, the Man. The new creation is begun. Sermon for Good Friday.
The Israelites said "What is it?" when manna fell from heaven (that's what 'manna' means: what is it?): but we now know what they did not know. We know what that bread foretold, we know Christ, and we know what he said: This is my body. And we know what it is for, as he said: "The forgiveness of sins"; so we are sure that our sins are forgiven by this his body and blood which we receive in the Sacrament. And we also know what it produces in us: a new life of a Christian, following as Christ taught, washing one another's feet. This means treating one another as he treated us, with forgiveness and mercy.
All the wickedness that came upon Jesus in his Passion was begun when Satan entered Judas; Satan entered all Jesus' enemies, and they all participated in the horrible deeds that were done to him. For Satan had entered Eve, and with her Adam, and Satan is the cause of all wickedness in all the world, from wars, to murders, to abortions, to all manner of terrors. But Satan is a fool, and there is no wisdom in him. He rejected his Creator, and thus now his wickedness is used against him as he brings to pass the crucifixion of Jesus which redeems the world. And Jesus meanwhile sends forth his Spirit with his word, and Peter is called back to repentance, and all the disciples, and even the malefactor on the cross, who saw Jesus as a King, even while he was bleeding. So Satan is no match for the Spirit of God who has even captured our hearts. Sermon for Holy Wednesday.