Sermon summaries and audio files
The laborers in the vineyard needed faith to believe the landowner would give them whatever is right; except for the first, who has an agreed-upon sum. And they were disappointed. Faith is already requisite, knowing the God is good and righteous. Sermon for Septuagesima. The video is here.
The transfiguration is the greatest epiphany of all, for Jesus did not do a miracle here, but showed his majesty in his own flesh. See, it is the very flesh of God, the Incarnate One, infused with the majesty of God. And the reciprocal of this is stunning too, for it means that this, our flesh, shall appear in the same glory, as the Apostle John also says, we are called sons of God, and we shall see him as he is, for we shall be like him. For truly, the transfiguration of our Lord is a foretaste of our own. Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday. The video is here.
When Jesus snatched Saul from a position of great power and leadership from the enemy to become one of the Church's leading lights and apostles, it was a reversal of the dark days when Satan snatched Judus from among the closest disciples of Jesus. And now Paul knows, as he himself has been pierced with the sword of the Spirit, that this Gospel and sword goes out into all the world through his preaching to snatch men like us to the kingdom of heaven. Sermon for the Conversion of St. Paul. The video is here.
Wash and be clean. So said the prophet unto Naaman, and so say I unto you. Remember your Baptism, into the greatest river of all, full of the name of God. And, like the leper whom Jesus touched, be clean. For as Jesus absorbed the leper's uncleanness, so also has he absorbed your sin, and paid its penalty on the cross, arising the third day to verify this truth. And in the Sacrament he touches you and says also to you, I am willing. Be thou clean. Sermon for Third Sunday after Epiphany. The video is here.
The boy Jesus shows that he is only interested in pleasing his Father. So let this set an example for Christian life. Not only so, but his pleasing of his Father also resulted in his saving of us from sin, and his Father's good pleasure in him is now our gift by grace. Sermon for Epiphany I.
The wise men set a pattern for us to follow. Their study of Scripture led them to the land of Israel; their sighting of the star after leaving Herod confirmed their faith; their presentation of gifts showed their devotion, and their returning home another way is a reminder that our lives in Christ must also be on the new Way which is Christ himself. Sermon for Epiphany.
When Joseph came back from Egypt with his family, he feared Archelaus, so went to live in Nazareth; and so Christ's life on earth continues in humility. Sermon for The Eleventh Day of Christmas.
The Christ Child already begins to suffer for our salvation. Sermon for New Year's Day.