Posts tagged “Abel

Sermo Dei: Trinity 1, 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017

God built fatherhood into man’s nature. God made man and blessed him for fatherhood. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1.28). Man was made for fatherhood. The man we call Abraham is—as you can see from today’s Old Testament reading (Gen. 15:1-6)—originally named Abram. Abram means “exalted father.” That refers to God, Our Father. Abram, named for the Father, wants to be a father himself. Abram wants a son. But he is old, and his wife is old. Some of you know how difficult it can be to conceive a child. And as the years go by, you feel worthless, and hopeless. That’s where Abram and his wife Sarai are. They didn’t have the many options that confront…

The Liturgy of Murdered Shepherds

Posted on August 14th, 2013

Sermon for Trinity 11, on Genesis 4:1-15 (1 Corinthians 15:1-10; Luke 18:9-14)   I returned home from vacation to discover that the storage closet in our condominium had flooded, and some items that were precious to me were damaged. I was angry and frustrated. Then I remembered: this entire world is now subject to the principle of corruption. All is vanity, everything breaks, everyone dies. My damaged things will surely be destroyed. I cannot keep them. That’s the result of the fall, the world whose beginnings we see today in Genesis 4. The fall brought death, corruption, the return of man to the dust, a world in bondage to decay. This principle of corruption is odious to us. Everything around us descends into madness,…

Sermo Dei: The Resurrection of Our Lord

Posted on April 1st, 2013

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!   The dirt was still wet with blood as a mother wept. How had everything gone so wrong? Not many decades earlier, the world was innocent. Not the way we look back on earlier times and think, “Things were simpler then.” No, the world once truly was innocent, and this mother remembered it. It seemed like a dream now, or rather her life had become a nightmare. She had met her husband while still a little girl. Now, as she sobbed, she leaned against that husband for support. When she had first seen him, those many years ago, it was love at first sight. He was perfect for her, the only man in the world.…