The early Christian Church was tempted to mix the Gospel of Jesus Christ not only with Greek and Roman philosophy, but also with the practices and claims of contemporary Judaism. In Colossians 2 St. Paul warns of the vanity and danger of this tendency and affirms that Christ is sufficient for salvation. This homily was offered on September 7, 2014 on Trinity 12 by Fr. Davidson Morse, and is the second in a series on this letter.
The gifts of the Spirit are often discussed as though they came to us as a commodity of God. Fr. John points out instead, that the gifts of the spirit are expressions of the transformative nature of our relationship to the Holy Trinity. This homily was offered on Trinity 10, August 24, 2014.
Psalm 34 was written on the occasion when David fled from Saul to Achish, King of Philistia, and how he feigned insanity as a way to escape. This psalm explores what we feel and the lengths to which we go when our closest friends become our enemies – and our enemies are our enemies. This ultimately prefigures Christ who, estranged from all others in his suffering, is a pattern for us. This homily was offered on July 20, 2014 (Trinity 5).
The suffering to which human beings were subjected at the fall of our first parents extended to the creation itself. In his homily, offered on July 13, 2014 (Trinity 4), Fr. John explains the role of the Spirit of God in our renewal and that of the entire cosmos.
Human Suffering is a difficult reality of our world. The problem of pain and evil persist as questions for believers and non-believers alike. More than half of the first epistle of St. Peter is occupied with this matter, and a reading from this Scripture is the basis of this homily from Fr. John, Casting Cares. This homily was offered on July 6, 2014, the third Sunday after Trinity.
Trinity Sunday is the last of the major feasts of the church calendar, and concludes the octave of Pentecost. On this day we are directed to consider not only the great works of God, but who he is. This homily on Revelation 4 was delivered on Trinity Sunday, June 15, 2014 by Fr. Davidson Morse.
The blessing of stewardship begins by realizing who we are in Christ. In this homily, the second of the 2014 Lenten series, Fr. John shows how the law of the firstborn is applied in the life of the believer. This homily was offered on March 9, the second Sunday in Lent.
From a Christian point of view wealth is a gift of God. It is he who “gives us power to make wealth,” and it therefore has a sacramental quality. It is one way that he confirms his covenant with his people. In an age of capitalism vs. socialism and income inequality, Christians should be grounded in how the Scriptures talk about the tangible blessings of God. This homily was the first in series of homilies throughout Lent, 2014, and was offered on March 9.
In the Parable of the Soils Jesus shows how those who have ears to hear can participate in the great, redemptive story that is Israel’s history. This was the homily on Septuagesima Sunday, March 24, 2014.