Reflections on the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

On this fifth Sunday of Epiphany we hear the parable of the wheat and the tares. 

There are many spiritual interpretations to be found in the father’s commentaries.  Some write about the mixture in the Church, some about the application to the human soul.  But interestingly, if we look beyond our text to v.36f, we have Jesus’ own interpretation of the parable, given to his disciples in response to their question as to its meaning.  His explanation is very straightforward.  (37-43)

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Reflections on the Third Sunday after Epiphany

The 12th Ch of Romans from which our epistle readings have come over the Sundays after Epiphany is the chapter of the consecrated life of the Christian disciple and the law of love.

In our portion this morning, St. Paul says we are to enter into one another’s desires and aims – not to aim at a high place or honor for ourselves, but to be content with the humble duties that come our way.

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Reflections on the Second Sunday after Epiphany

There are three great themes of Christ’s manifestation which are played out over the Epiphany season: the coming and worship of the Gentile Magi, the baptism of Jesus with the manifestation of the Holy Trinity, and the first sign at Cana in which water is turned to wine.  Today we deal with the second, Jesus’ baptism, as recorded so succinctly in St. Mark’s Gospel.

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Reflections on the Sunday in the Octave of the Epiphany

Proverbs 8 speaks of the Wisdom of God –  the excellency, nature, power, riches and eternity of Wisdom.  It is something to be desired above all else.  And we know that the wisdom of God is generally opposed to what men call wisdom.  St. Paul waxes eloquently about this in 1st Corinthians 1:19-25 and 2:6-10.  How is this wisdom acquired?  How do we enter into this wisdom?  This is the theme of Romans 12…

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Reflections on the Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord

This Sunday falls in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas, and nearly at the end of the secular year, and that ending is often a time of reflection on the past and a looking with hope to the future.  With a slightly greater perspective, we might reflect on the state of religion in America.  In just the past few decades, its face has changed rather radically.  A recent article reported that “post-modernist” Americans, if they are looking for religion at all, want it on very individualistic terms.

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