Lighting Up the Apocalypse 2

Rev 1:4-8; Isaiah 11; Daniel 7:13-27; Zechariah 12-13 This week we tackle Rev 1:4-8, in which John makes his first address to those reading the account of his vision. Here is the passage: John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus…

Lighting up the Apocalypse 1

Rev 1:1-3, Daniel 2-4, Exodus 23-4. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to His servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the Word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and…

The Complete Community

Hebrews 13:17-21, Judges 1-5, Psalm 1, St. John Chrysostom’s Sermon 34 on Hebrews This Sunday we read the conclusion of that rich letter to the Hebrews, the authorship of which was debated even by some fathers.  Whether the letter is indeed by St. Paul, or by another master of theology, rhetoric, and pastorship from those early years of the Church, it speaks strongly to us today.  In Hebrews 13:17-21, which are given…

Awaiting His Advent Actively

Colossians 3:4-11, Psalm 94/5 Advent, or the Fast of the Nativity, is a time of waiting:  preparing for when we will joyfully celebrate, yet again, Christ’s nativity (His first Advent!) and waiting with patience for when He will come again in glory at his second promised Advent.  Consider this stirring and demanding passage from Colossians 3:4-11, prescribed for Divine Liturgy this week, that captures the kind of “active waiting” to which we…

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Covid-19 Land

Ephesians 4:1-6, Genesis 37-50, Psalm 132/3 You know what happens when you do not keep a schedule?  Frequently you end up with a harder task than you would have had if you hadn’t shirked a responsibility.  That is my plight this week – I did not work on my blog and podcast according to schedule, and so missed last week’s wonderful passage in Ephesians, full of juicy theological themes.  Instead I see…

Angels, Elections, and the Marks of the Lord: the Synaxis of the Archangels

Hebrews 2:2-10; Joshua 5:13-15; Judges 6:2-24; Galatians 6:11-18 For some reason, this is a week in which I have been thinking about angels: what an odd thing to be doing during election week! But in my teaching, I am preparing to lecture on and to discuss C. S. Lewis’s cosmic trilogy.  In these books, the eldila—his fictional equivalent to the light-bodied powers, come to humans as emissaries of the LORD, and help…

From, In, and For God: the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Gal 1:11-19; passages from Jeremiah; 1 Cor 15 On FaceBook this morning, an argumentative friend in a Dialogue group responded to a wise saying of a Church father by reminding us that all prayer in the New Testament is directed towards God, not the saints.  Her fear concerning mediation, of course, is shared by many Protestants, who believe that both our esteem of the saints and our traditions separate us from God,…