Feast of Saint Joseph

Preached by the Rev. Wendel “Tad” Meyer

Rev. Meyer is Rector of  St. John’s Episcopal Church
Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to
expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.

Joseph was a righteous man, a just and law-abiding man with a finely- tuned sense of right and wrong. Mary was his betrothed and according to Jewish law, a betrothed woman was already legally bound to her intended husband. Continue reading

Setting Your Mind on Divine Things – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Genesis 22: 1-14 Psalm 16
Romans 8; 31-39 Mark 8: 31-38

Peter is the Everyman of the Gospels. He also serves other purposes. In last week’s Gospel Satan tried to tempt Jesus off his path. This week Peter is Satan. We, like Peter, become Satan when we set our minds on earthly things and ignore divine things. Continue reading

Heads, You Win; Tales, You Win – Br. Mark Brown

After these things God tested Abraham a second time. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go again to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” And Abraham thought. And then he said, “No.” And God thought. And then he said, “Are you sure your answer is ‘no’?” And Abraham thought again. And he said, “Yes: I did say ‘No’. Do unto me as you will. But I will do no evil to my son Isaac.” Continue reading

Saturday After Lent 1 – Br. David Allen

Deut. 26:16-19 / Ps. 119:1-8 / Mt. 5:43-48

Loving one’s enemies is something that we Christians accept intellectually and take for granted as basic Christian teaching.  But when it comes to putting it into practice I think that most of us have difficulty actually doing it, either on the emotional level or on the practical level.  Many people have difficulty separating godly love from emotional, sentimental, or roman tic love. Continue reading