Posts tagged “Jubilate

Sermo Dei: Jubilate 2017

Posted on May 8th, 2017

Jubilate John 16:16-22 Immanuel, Alexandria, VA + May 7, 2017 Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia! It starts to fade after a few Sundays, doesn’t it? After the big celebration of Easter, life gets back to normal. And sometimes, normal isn’t great. What’s normal is disappointing, frustrating. Normal life isn’t like Easter, with trumpets and flowers and all the ladies in pretty dresses. After Easter, we still have our problems and our pains. After Easter, the Alleluias fade. I was thinking about this on Friday morning in the dentist’s chair. The big needle was coming for my jaw. The inside of my mouth was getting numb from the topical anesthetic the endodontist had applied, but the sight of that needle is…

Sermo Dei: Jubilate 2016

Posted on April 20th, 2016

  Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! “A little while,” “A little while,” “A little while,” “A little while,” “A little while,” “A little while,” “A little while.” Seven times our Lord’s words are repeated in today’s Gospel. Why? We have a skewed perspective on time. When we are young, we misuse our time because it seems like there is so much of it. In the 25th Psalm, David looks back on his many sins and pleads with God, “Do not remember the sins of my youth!” In the 90th Psalm, Moses reminds us that our time is limited: 10The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it…

Sermo Dei: Jubilate 2015

Posted on April 26th, 2015

“A mother to become a mother passes through pain.” These words of St. John Chrysostom summarizes motherhood, and also the entire Christian life. “A mother to become a mother passes through pain.” Joy is on the other side of pain, and the joy cannot come except through pain. This is no abstract principle: In explaining His coming crucifixion (Jubilate Gospel, John 16:16-22), our Lord uses the example of a mother’s pain in childbearing to show the necessity of His suffering on the cross, but also to give them the hope that the resurrection will shortly follow. What is Jesus doing? Jesus uses the parable of mother and son to show how the lives are connected, and how one will endure suffering for the benefit of another. Jesus…

Sermo Dei: Jubilate 2014

Posted on May 15th, 2014

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!   Pleasant things abound in this life, but it is bookended by—and often permeated with—pain. The pain—or sorrow—of life Jesus likens in today’s Gospel to a woman giving birth: “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come.” That word sorrow—sometimes translated pain, or grief, or toil—runs through the Scriptures as the symptom of a world gone wrong. But nowhere is it more prominent than in Genesis 3. Suddenly naked and terrified, the children who were our first parents are told of the sorrow they have brought upon themselves and the world: “To the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall…

Shameful deceivers

Posted on May 8th, 2014

Dr. Luther, in a 1531 sermon on Jubilate Sunday, reminds us that we are always to trust in the Word of God and not human writings. Those are shameful deceivers who, putting their confidence in pope, emperor, councils, and church fathers, declare that the Christian church cannot err; what the church has decreed, we must accept. Instead you should remember the saying: To err is human! Right here, in this Gospel lesson [for Jubilate, John 16:16-23], the apostles have drifted into wrong thinking about the greatest of all truths: the passion and resurrection of Christ. That’s why i cannot trust the fathers, councils, or churchdoms, unless they can show that they really do have God’s Word. What the church speaks apart from and beyond…