Posts tagged “Chrysostom

LCMS 2017 Life Conference Sermon

Posted on January 27th, 2017

March for Life 2017 January 27, 2017 • Arlington, Virginia Matthew 5:13-19 The trash collectors rumbled away from the suburban neighborhood, and as sometimes happens, they’ve unknowingly dumped some of their garbage in the street. A man who lives there went out to look, and he’s confused. What is that on the pavement? At first he thinks it’s dead birds, then maybe dolls. Finally, he comprehends the horror. These are children: naked bodies scattered on the asphalt – tiny victims of abortion. How did they end up on a garbage truck? This man—Richard Selzer, a physician—goes to the hospital. He speaks with the director, who assures him this was an accident. The little babies were, he says, “mixed up with the other debris.” This…

Sermo Dei: Rorate Coeli (Advent IV) 2016

Posted on December 18th, 2016

Rorate Coeli – Fourth Sunday of Advent December 18, 2016 John 1:19-28 What is destroying your soul? As surely as rust causes metal to crumble, as surely as the acid burns holes in your esophagus, so do the vices lay waste to your soul. Vices are not simply bad actions, or habits; they are a state of mind, a world-outlook by which we see others as obstacles to walk over, objects to be possessed, or enemies to be defeated. The first vice we encounter in today’s Gospel is envy, the envy the leaders in Jerusalem have for John the Baptist and his success. This envy, St. John Chrysostom said, “Harms and wastes them … like some mortal venom deeply seated in their souls” (NPNF1,…

Are you sure you are speaking “boldly”?

Posted on February 15th, 2013

The following quotation from Chrysostom is good for every Christian of every time and place. But it is especially fitting now in a time of controversy and division. Speaking the truth is not enough, for as the Apostle says, it must be spoken in love. Here is Chrysostom on the true meaning of “speaking boldly”: If we do it in anger, we do it with passion and the boldness of those who are confident of their case. But if we speak with gentleness, this is boldness. Boldness is a success and anger is a failure. And success and failure can’t possibly go together. Therefore, if we want to have boldness, we must clear away our anger so that no once can attribute our words…

The Marriage of Davin Dumar and Dana Wille

Posted on October 11th, 2011

Note: This wedding took place at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, where the groom is hospitalized for injuries sustained in the war in Afghanistan. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” So spoke the Lord Jesus in the hours before His arrest. His words were not theoretical. He knew that by the next afternoon He would be dead. Dead for His friends – the friends that would abandon Him, deny Him, betray Him. So-called friends that boasted of their faithfulness, but were unfaithful. Today, Davin and Dana, you take vows of faithfulness. And implicit in those vows are these words of our crucified God: “Greater love has no one than this, than to…

Do not try to understand the judgment of God before everything has been completed

Posted on February 3rd, 2010

Wisdom in light of current events, both global and personal. Pat Robertson, take heed: God is not required every day and for every action to give explanations about what happened; it is usual that God manages a matter whose fulfillment must extend over a long period. Therefore, do not anticipate the conclusion of a fact, and do not try to understand the judgment of God before everything has been completed, because you will get no profit from your hurriedness. -St. John Chrysostom, Commentary on Job

Christmas Day sermon

Posted on December 26th, 2009

Gospel: John 1:1-14 Dearly beloved: This bright morning, “The Ancient of Days has become an infant” [Chrysostom].  The Holy One leaps down from His royal throne to lie helpless in a feeding trough.  This bright morning, He who could not be touched has come among us, to be touched, not as a baby is touched, but to be touched with the whip on His back, thorns on His brow, nails through His hands and feet so tiny in infancy.  In death, He will be touched again by the loving hands of His mother, but not before a spear is thrust into the belly that longs for His mother’s milk this bright morning.

Trinity 1: Luke 16:19-31

Posted on June 15th, 2009

“Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity; let us give glory to Him, for He has shown mercy to us!” Thus the Divine Service began last week, on Trinity Sunday: praising God for His mercy toward us. Today’s Gospel warns of a radical disconnect—does our life, do our words and actions, reflect the mercy of God? Jesus tells a parable, a story designed to teach us a spiritual reality. God had showered Rich Man with extraordinary wealth. He lived in a mansion, he had all the finest things, but he showed no mercy to Lazarus, a poor sick beggar who had been unceremoniously dumped in the gutter at Rich Man’s gate. Now Rich Man showed no restraint; he treated every day like…

Chrysostom's Easter Sermon

Posted on April 12th, 2009

The Easter Sermon of John Chrysostom Pastor of Constantinople (~400 AD) Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting?  Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour,  let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour,  let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived after the sixth hour,  let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss. And if any delayed until the ninth hour,  let him not hesitate; but let him come…

All a-Twitter for St. John Chrysostom

Posted on February 11th, 2009

The first time I heard about Twitter, I thought it was ridiculous. Then, when the buzz didn’t die down, I signed up for an account. No one I knew was on it, and it seemed silly. Twitter asks the question, “What are you doing right now?” I took it literally, thinking I needed to broadcast to the world every boring, stupid, and embarrassing detail of my life. Then, I discovered Facebook. I really like it. It can be a major timewaster (Hello? Mob Wars?), but I love being able to keep up with parishioners, family members, and friends I otherwise would rarely see or talk with. And I enjoy reading the humorous, angry, snarky, and occasionally uplifting status updates of others. It’s a massive…

123 Meme

Posted on November 17th, 2008

I was tagged by Pr. Mason Beecroft for this excercise: Turn to page 123 of the book nearest to you. Count the first five sentences. Post the next three. Fortunately I’m at church, so I won’t have to pick up the books lying around the house, like a Pearls Before Swine comic treasury or the NFL rule book or records book. That would just be embarrassing. I’m excluding the four books closest to me: Biblia Hebraica [Hebrew Bible], the Treasury of Daily Prayer, Lutheran Service Book, and a KJV. But the last book in that stack right by my computer (all books from yesterday’s Scripture Study) is this: He then proceeds to another metaphor, “or like a moth-eaten garment.”  [Chapter Fourteen]  “A mortal being,…