Posts tagged “Sabbath Day

Sermo Dei: Trinity 17, 2016

Posted on September 19th, 2016

Luke 14:1-11 September 18, 2016 Baptism of Adam James Winterstein Adam James. What a wonderful name for a boy. The middle name was an especially brilliant choice. But Adam connects us right with the father of the human race, the first formed. He fell. And like the donkey fallen in the pit in today’s Gospel, God’s interest is in raising Adam up, rescuing humanity from the pit, the grave, the darkness. That’s why we bring Adam, and all our little ones, right away to the font. In the New Testament, the first Christians on the day of Pentecost were told that Baptism’s gifts—forgiveness of sins and the bestowal of the Holy Spirit—were not for them alone, but for their children, and ultimately for the…

Sermo Dei: Trinity 17, 2014

Posted on October 28th, 2014

When a man falls into a pit, you help him. That’s the Law. When a man falls into a pit, God helps him. That’s the Gospel. Jesus is at a dinner on the Sabbath, a day on which work was prohibited (Gospel for Trinity 17, Luke 14:1-11). The other guests at the Sabbath dinner are watching Jesus closely, to see what He will do when confronted with a sick man. If Jesus heals him, does He break the Sabbath law, by working when He should not? The charge is really a trumped up one. The Rabbis had dealt with such problems already. For example, the laws seemed to conflict when it came to circumcision. Circumcision had to be done on the eighth day of…

Sermo Dei: Sexagesima 2014

Posted on February 23rd, 2014

This parable is a sad one. The sower sows his seed but it chiefly ends without fruit. So it was with the preaching of Jesus. In John 6 He feeds 5000, but by the end of the chapter everyone has left, everyone except the Twelve disciples. And one of them betrays Jesus, while the rest run away in fear as Jesus is arrested. The preaching of Jesus often appears to fail. People refuse to hear, they hear but don’t take seriously, or they hear but then make other things a priority. This Parable of the Sower preaches to us the Third Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do…