"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord."


Inwardly Digesting

    Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us...

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Lacking One Thing

Jesus said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”     St. Anthony of Thebes, brought up in a wealthy Christian family, but orphaned at age 18, heard these...

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What Do You Say?

    It seems to start out as just a casual, idle conversation. Jesus and his disciples are walking to the village of Caesarea Philippi, in the northernmost part of Israel.     His actions have been gaining notice lately – the healing of a...

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Be Kind

    "Be kind to one another."     It's such a simple instruction Paul gives to the Christian community in Ephesus. Be kind to each other. They are words that we might be tempted to skip over. We've all heard them all our lives. Be kind,...

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Tossed To and Fro

    "We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming."     These words were written by the apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus almost 2,000...

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Returning from Exile

    You know it is going to be an interesting week of sermon preparation when you open a commentary on the Gospel lesson and read this, “The story of the beheading of John the Baptist is hardly a text one would spontaneously choose for a sermon.”     No...

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For All

    Happy Fourth of July! On this day that we celebrate the founding of this great nation that we all love, it seems appropriate to begin the day in church with prayers for our country.     By any standards the past year has been a difficult one for...

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Slaying Giants

    It is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible, the battle between David and Goliath. This tale of the young boy who, using only a sling shot, defeats a mighty giant of a warrior, has become the iconic tale of the triumphant underdog....

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