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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here In the Name ✠ of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Jesus is rejected. Rejection is one of the most difficulty of human experiences. It slightly unravels our sense of self, at least the false sense of self we receive from the feedback of others. Rejection is never something too easily sloughed off. Jesus knows this. So, He experiences rejection, first, for us, to show us the right way. Why would I say that He chooses this rejection? It doesn’t look that way on the surface. However, the One who knew all, also knew the way He would be received in his hometown, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that sometimes the people who have known us since childhood have a hard time changing their opinions. Jesus wanted the disciples to be there…

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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here In the Name ✠ of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. On this Sunday before Independence Day, in this particular time in our history, we should consider migrants. The story of America is a story of migrations. The first migrations were millennia ago, as the ancestors of the First Nations came onto this land as the first humans to live here, and then millennia later another wave of migration, this time from Europe. Many European migrants were fleeing persecution and violence, as migrants due today, but the migrants from Europe were not only human migrants, but also the migration of colonialism, disease, violence, forced conversions. Soon after the arrival of this migration, another one began: four hundred years of forced kidnappings, brutal transport, and the sale of human beings as chattel fueled the economy of…

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By Seminarian Jean-Pierre Seguin on the Third Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here I come before you this morning in the Name ✠ of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Six years ago, the thirty-eighth chapter of the Book of Job saved my life. Perhaps more to the point, God saved my life through the story of Job. I had been experiencing depression for months: the type of depression that lingers much like a late Michigan winter. Drab, with the changing gray palette of the silent sky the only visible difference day-to-day. It was summer, however. The weather was lovely. I was in the middle of my time in college and I was starting to actively discern a call to the priesthood. However, my family was moving and I had to leave the home I grew up in. I found myself at a Benedictine monastery in the middle of farm…

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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2): http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Pentecost/BProp6_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/episodes/742620-june-17-2018-fourth-sunday-after-pentecost In the Name ✠ of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Well, please allow me to apologize once again for the wrong readings. It’s a minor issue, though, for us today, because we heard some wonderfully familiar scriptures. Let me just remind you of some of the words we heard from St. Paul today: “If anyone is in Christ, they are,” meaning they, you, are “a new creation. The old has passed away; everything new has come.” This is such a wonderful thing to hear today, on the day we baptize Cody Joseph, this precious child of God, whose family reminds me of the Holy Family, coming into the temple, Mary, Joseph, and the Baby, to offer and dedicate the Child to God, and that is what they do today, in the sacred vows…

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By Seminarian Jean-Pierre Seguin on the Third Sunday after Pentecost: Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Pentecost/BProp5_RCL.html (Track 2) Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/178345/729371-july-10-2018-third-sunday-after-pentecost I come before you today in the Name ✠ of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. In today’s Gospel, Jesus forms a family. Faced by strong challenges from both the Pharisees and the Herodians, as well as the reasonable concerns of His family for His safety, He does something amazing, something that no one else there predicted. He could have given in to the demands of the Pharisees and promised to strictly follow their interpretation of the law. He could have promised the Herodians who followed the client leaders of Palestine to make waves politically. He could, at the very least, have met with His worried family who loved Him and were concerned that so many powerful out-of-town groups were coming for their son and brother. Instead, Jesus answers those who lodged unfounded, fearful accusations…

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By Dcn. Eric Whitehair on the Second Sunday after Pentecost Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Pentecost/BProp4_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/178345/729290-june-3-2018-second-sunday-after-pentecost In the Name ✠ of the Father, and in the Son, and in the Holy Spirit. Amen. There is a lot going on in this very short Gospel reading today. A lot below the scenes. So I’d like to begin by introducing the cast, as it were. One of the most, interesting might be the wrong word, one of the most important but barely mentioned characters in this portion, which will have a giant impact later in the Gospel, are the Herodians, that is, people who were supporters of Herod. Know something about Herod, he was the ruler of Judea, the Roman province. He set himself up as a king, but he was not king of Israel. He was not actually even from Israel. He paid a certain amount of lip service, a certain amount of…

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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on Trinity Sunday: Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Pentecost/BTrinity_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/178345/729044-may-27-2018-trinity-sunday In the Name ✠ of the One Holy Living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Today we celebrate the principal mystery of our faith: the mystery of God Himself. Our God is one God in three Persons, and this mystery separates us from all the other major religions of the world. This is the doctrine of the Trinity. In a certain sense, we don’t deserve to know it, and yet God chose to reveal it to us, because of God’s love for us, in giving us an intellect, free will, and the spirit to know and love God. All of these things draw us closer to the Trinity. The mystery was revealed gradually, you won’t find this doctrine in Holy Scripture, and the historical document traditionally associated with this day, the Creed of St. Athanasius, is…

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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on Pentecost: Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Pentecost/BPentDay_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/episodes/723855-may-20-2018-pentecost In the Name ✠ of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Yesterday, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church preached a wedding sermon and the title of his sermon was “The Fire of Love.” We have a different kind of holy fire today on this day of Pentecost. The season of Easter is come to its conclusion, next week the Paschal candle will not be lit. And, like the early church, in the day of Pentecost that we hear about in the Acts of the Apostles, we too receive the Holy Spirit today, and every day. We receive the Holy Spirit in fire and water. We receive the Spirit with fire. We know that these tongues of fire came down upon their heads of the Apostles in the upper room; they’re still in the upper room fifty…

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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on the Seventh Sunday of Easter: Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Easter/BEaster7_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/178345/723741-may-13-2018-seventh-sunday-of-easter In the Name ✠ of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Mathias was called. With Judas’s departure and death, the disciples were down to eleven, but Jesus had appointed twelve to this special office. So it seemed good to the early church, as we hear in the Acts of the Apostles, to bring the number back to twelve, the number of wholeness and completeness. So there was a position to fill. So, the eleven other disciples interviewed every member of the community and asked them about their expectations. They wanted them to have demonstrated leadership, a good background, a seminary degree. Once they determined the candidates that met their expectations, they interviewed them. Now some of you, at this point, are wondering what version I’ve read, because that’s not what happened – of course that’s crazy.…

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By Dcn. Eric Whitehair on the Sixth Sunday of Easter Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Easter/BEaster6_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/episodes/718282-may-6-2018-sixth-sunday-of-easter In the Name ✠ of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. In John’s Gospel, we see a different side of Jesus. We don’t see as much as in the – what they call the synoptic gospels: you probably already know that Matthew, Mark and Luke, the three Gospels preceding the Gospel of John, are known as the synoptic Gospels, and they fit together, they tell a very similar story, they have a very similar picture of Jesus. Indeed, some Bible scholars think that perhaps Mark was written first, and then Matthew and Luke used Mark as source material to add more of the tradition or experiences that people may have had and to expand their Gospels. And every Gospel has a different focus and a different intended audience. The Gospel of John is…

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