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Easter – What If?

Audio of sermon w/ choir here To the church of God that is in Arlington, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our our … Continue reading

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Vigil of Easter – This Easter Is For You!

Audio of this sermon may be found here. If you have lived a good life, if you have served the Lord all your days, been faithful in all things and suffered for the Truth, then rejoice. This Easter victory is … Continue reading

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God’s Will Is Done – Good Friday

Audio of this sermon may be found here. This is not what Jesus wanted. Of course, he didn’t want the pain. Of course, he didn’t want the humiliation. Of course, he didn’t want the mocking, the beating, the spitting, the … Continue reading

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St. Matthias

Listen here First there were 12, then there were 11, and the Church was faced with a problem.  The perfect number 12 (the number of the tribes of Israel, for example) was lost by the son of perdition who refused … Continue reading

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Transfiguration: Journey Across the Bridge

Listen here One of my favorite places to drive is the Mackinac Bridge that connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. It truly is a magnificent, just over 5 miles long with two suspension towers, each tower standing 552 … Continue reading

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Humble Faith

Third Sunday after the Epiphany: 2 Kings 5, Matthew 8 Listen Here When something goes wrong we expect instant perfection. Sure we understand the need for patience, at least in theory; but in practice it is often quite lacking. We … Continue reading

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Circumcision and Name of Jesus, New Year’s Eve

Merry Christmas! On the eighth day of Christmas, we are given some cutting-edge theology: Baby Jesus was circumcised! Blood shed. Baby blood. The covenant was kept–just like it was with every male, Jewish child. When the eighth day rolls around, … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve – Candlelight, Stille Nacht, 200th Anniversary

Christmas Eve Candlelight Homily: On Christmas night, 1818, mice were stirring and chewing through the organ bellows at St. Nicholas in Oberdorf, Austria. For two years parish priest Joseph Mohr had been working on the lyrics to the now famous … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve – A Night in Bethlehem

Homily for Christmas Eve, 3rd-8th grade program, A Night In Bethlehem: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Bethlehem Every creature was stirring, for what the angels said to them; The promised Messiah was certainly near, As prophets foretold, … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Magnify the Lord

Magnificat anima mea Dominum. “My soul magnifies the Lord,” pregnant Virgin sings. “My life makes the Lord very great, enlarges, amplifies Him. Don’t look at me, look at Him. He is mighty and merciful and holy. He puts down the … Continue reading

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