Posts tagged “Paul (Apostle)

Sermo Dei: St. Mark’s Day 2017

Posted on April 25th, 2017

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana 2 Timothy 4:5-18 April 25, 2017 “The time of my departure has come.” Springtime at seminary prompts such thoughts. But your ministry will not be what you expect. For St. Paul, departure meant death. So it is for you. Your call is to go and die. It’s the call of Baptism. “Follow Me.” “Take up your cross.” Come and die. Paul summarizes his service as having been “the good fight.” More literally, “the beautiful, noble agony.” What is this good fight? What is the noble agony? The fight is not with the people God gives you to serve. Sure; we may find evil men fighting us. St. Paul mentions one, Alexander the Coppersmith. He hurt Paul. People will…

Sermo Dei: The Conversion of St. Paul 2015

Posted on January 28th, 2015

A storm was coming. Those in its rumored path were terrified. They had heard how this storm struck in Jerusalem, killing their friend Stephen. This storm was named Saul. But standing in his path was the One who stills storms. Light flashes around him. As at the Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed as true God in human flesh. This world-changing event demonstrates how God works. Saul’s conversion is not the result of his theological study, emotional yearning, or ethical efforts. Jesus does the action. He does the turning, the converting, the off-the-horse-knocking. Saul is struck blind, his eyes now matching his mind. He was incapable of seeing Truth, the one shining Truth upon which all other meaning depends. Jesus makes him blind, and Jesus makes…

Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Posted on June 30th, 2014

Peter tried to turn our Lord away from the cross. He is identified with Satan. In the moment of trial, he denies Jesus. Paul sought a righteousness of his own. He presided over the murder of Stephen, the first martyr. All this is good news. Because the Lord who saved Peter and Paul also saves you. For you too would like a cross-less Christianity; who wants suffering and sacrifice? You want victory immediately, success today, serenity now. When you were baptized, when you were confirmed, you were asked, “Do you renounce the devil?” “Yes!” you said – but his works and his ways you have often embraced: admiring the images he sets before you, consenting to his words of despair and urges for glory…

Advent reading, day 10: With a heart “besieged by [God] on every side,” Augustine sets aside his “hope of reputation and wealth”

Posted on December 8th, 2011

Today’s reading begins with Augustine ruminating on the Platonic philosophical works he had been imbibing, and concludes in the middle of his discussion with Simplicianus, spiritual father to Ambrose. For the full schedule, click here. As Augustine grows more knowledgeable about Platonism, and proofs for the catholic doctrine of God over against his previous delusion, he was still “far too weak to enjoy you. yet I readily chattered as though skilled in the subject…. I had already begun to covet a reputation for wisdom.” He now realizes what he lacked then: “Where was that charity which builds on the foundation of humility that is Christ Jesus?” What finally pushes him toward full conversion is a serious read of the Pauline epistles. “With intense eagerness…