Posts tagged “Trinity 12

Sermo Dei: Trinity 12, 2014

Posted on September 7th, 2014

Trinity 12 September 7, 2014 Baptism of Landon Robert Andrews Mark 7:31-37 When God made man, He did not make him defective. His ears were opened to the music of creation. His tongue, discovering nourishment and sweetness planted all around him, responded by singing the praise of his Maker, who had done all things well. Sucking in a gulp of air, the man was glad. He did not know how to sigh except in contentment. All this changed when death entered the world. The man’s sigh became his bitter companion. Breath burst forth from his rancid mouth in anger, annoyance, sorrow, until the day he sighed his last and returned to the earth. Gone were the days when a man said of God, “He…

Sermo Dei: Trinity 12 (Isaiah 29)

Posted on August 20th, 2013

“God makes, man is made.” God makes the baby born and today baptized. God made him not when he was born, but when he was conceived. Man participates in God’s work of creation through the instrumentality of parents. God creates out of love, and God loves His creation. When your sins accuse you, or all the troubles of this world burden you, remember that God made you and all creatures and that, as the Collect for Ash Wednesday says, He hates nothing He has made. However, it certainly seems at times that He hates us, or is at least indifferent. For what God made has come to ruin. The baby born dies. Perhaps, and we pray, after a long and pious life, fathering and…

The Architect of the Body

Posted on August 21st, 2010

Ephraim Syrus on tomorrow’s Gospel, Mk. 7.31-37: That Power Which may not be handled came down and clothed itself in members that may be touched; that the needy may draw near to Him, that in touching His manhood they may discern His Godhead. For that dumb man [whom the Lord healed] with the fingers of the body, discerned that He had approached his ears and touched his tongue; nay, with his fingers that may be touched, he touched Godhead, that may not be touched; when it was loosing the string of his tongue, and opening the clogged doors of his ears. For the Architect of the body and Artificer of the flesh came to him, and with His gentle voice pierced without pain his…

Pinball Wizard

Posted on August 20th, 2010

I am engaged in an intense struggle with myself over whether or not to include lyrics from this The Who classic in Sunday’s sermon on Jesus healing the deaf mute:

Luther on the spiritual bond of the tongue

Posted on August 19th, 2010

Christ heals the deaf mute (Mk. 7.31-37, Gospel for Trinity XII), loosing the bond of his tongue. Luther in his lectures on Genesis explains the spiritual bond on our tongues which keeps us from confessing sin: Thus these brothers of Joseph are not only troubled about the sin of which they were conscious—although they took pains to cover and conceal it—but they were also afraid of all their words and deeds, and they imagined that there was new guilt in every action or thought. Yet in such great disquiet and confusion they are dumb and do not confess their sin. This was true of Adam in Paradise, when he was almost dead from fear of the voice and wrath of God. Nevertheless, he does…

Trinity 12

Posted on August 30th, 2009

When Jesus takes aside the man who is deaf and has an impediment in his speech, He takes aside all of humanity. Which means, when Jesus confronts the man who is deaf and has an impediment in his speech, Jesus confronts us. For you and I have several problems: like the man in today’s Gospel, our bodies don’t work right – not the way they were created to work. Medicine helps – but it only puts off the inevitable. We are all terminally ill. We are born that way.