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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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By Ed Schneider on the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Easter/BEaster4_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/episodes/718115-april-22-2018-fourth-sunday-in-easter May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us always. Amen. The Gospel tells us today that Jesus is our Good Shepherd, and we are his sheep. As today’s psalm tells us, he leads us to good waters, and makes us lie down in green pastures. But the metaphor of us being sheep is limited. Sheep are passive, and, so I’m told, rather dull, and I don’t mean dull as in boring. But if we follow Jesus, then we can’t be passive. We can’t just say, “I believe in Jesus,” and then sit on our hands, waiting for the day we’re taken up into glory. Jesus gave us one commandment: we must love one another as he loves us. Love is not passive. But…

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By Fr. Tim Kroh on Third Sunday of Easter: Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Easter/BEaster3_RCL.html Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/episodes/704435-april-15-2018-third-sunday-of-easter In the Name ✠ of the Crucified and Risen Savior. Amen. “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ “ On the surface of this text, it seems like St. Luke is trying really hard to prove to us that the resurrection of Christ was real. He had a real body. He kept eating. He was hungry. You could touch him. So we can see in this seafood snack another assertion of the reality of Christ’s resurrection. But there’s so much more here for us as well. In the resurrection, Christ doesn’t do away with his old human body. He retains his body. It’s a glorified body, but it is the same body. He shows his scars to St. Thomas, in that window, over there. It eats fish. It’s hungry. The resurrected Christ was an embodied…

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