Exodus 20:1-20 Then God spoke all these words:  2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3 you shall have no other gods before me.  4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth...

Gospel of St. Matthew 21:23-32 23 When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”  24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the...

Moses began an ordinary day – tending his father-in- law’s flock. He maneuvered the animals beyond the wilderness – to Mount Horeb, which became known as the Mountain of God. It was on that mountain where something strange caught Moses’ eye. There, growing in the soil, was a bush on fire but not consumed by the flames....

From the Gospel of St. Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus left Gennesaret and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his...

Gospel of St. Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far...

If you want to really know a person, you’ve got to spend time with them – and look beyond the surface. In late summer of 1988, I was sent by the Bishop of New Jersey to serve a parish as a Deacon in Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to Atlanta knowing not one soul. So, one of my personal goals upon arriving was to make...

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 31 Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests...

Sermon Proper 9A 2017 Gospel of Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor...

From the Book of Genesis 22:1-18 22After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”  2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” 3 So...

Gospel of Matthew 10:24-39 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! 26“So have no fear of...