Posts tagged “Epiphany 1

Sermo Dei: Epiphany 1, 2018

Posted on January 7th, 2018

“Look,” says Mary, “Your father and I have sought you anxiously” (Luke 2:41-52, Gospel for Epiphany I). Many of you have experienced anxiety at some time or in some form. That Mary and Joseph knew anxiety is written for our comfort—to know we are not alone—and also for our instruction, to learn how to deal with anxiety. Anxiety is part of the world’s fallen condition. We experience anguish of spirit, mind, and body for all kinds of reasons. You can imagine the anxiety Mary and Joseph had, for much of parenthood is worrying about your children – and losing your little boy in a crowded city would terrify any parent. On top of this is the spiritual responsibility that Mary and Joseph have been…

Epiphany 1 Chapel Sermon

Posted on January 15th, 2015

Has anybody ever asked you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you had asked me that question when I was a little boy, I would have said that I wanted to operate big construction equipment. I had a book called “Digger Dan the Steam-shovel Man,” and I would make my mom read it to me over and over again. Later I wanted to be a policeman, or an astronaut. Then I decided I was going to be the catcher for the Minnesota Twins. That didn’t work out. Now stop and think for a moment about the implications of that question, “What do you want to be?” The question assumes that our being, who we are, is defined by what…

Sermo Dei: Epiphany 1, 2015

Posted on January 15th, 2015

A friend of mine was unemployed, and he said the hardest thing about meeting people during that period was the second question everyone asks, after your name: “What do you do?” Our work—or business—ends up defining us to others—and to ourselves. A former professor of mine, now retired, shared with me a similar kind of concern. For years he had described himself as “professor,” and now he was “retired.” Who, what was he? When Mary and Joseph find JESUS on the third day in the temple, they demand an explanation. “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Gospel for Epiphany I, Luke 2:41-53) Already at 12, JESUS has a plan. It’s not a career plan. For that, He will follow…

Sermo Dei: First Sunday after Epiphany

Posted on January 12th, 2014

The First Sunday after Epiphany Luke 2:41-52 What is the job of parenting? Well, I suppose before anything else, you’d have to say, “Don’t lose the kid!” But that’s exactly what happens, after this family trip to Jerusalem. We should talk first about why the Holy Family is there. It’s Passover, the most important Jewish festival. As a pious family, Joseph and Mary went every year. St. Luke, who I believe as part of his research for the Gospel interviewed Mary, uses a very interesting word: “custom.” “They went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.” Luke uses a Greek term that comes directly into English: “ethos.” We use it to mean the characteristic spirit of a culture or a community.…

First Sunday after the Epiphany

Posted on January 11th, 2010

Traditional Gospel: Luke 2:41-52 “What did he know and when did he know it?” When scandal breaks in Washington, that is the question journalists and investigators ask as they try to determine guilt. It’s also an important question for Christology, i.e., for what we can say about Christ. Who is Jesus, really? What did He know and when did He know it?