Theology

Blessed

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked… but his delight is in the law of the Lord,” is in Psalm 1.  Likewise in Jeremiah: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man… Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5ff).  And Jesus tells the disciples something similar in Luke’s Gospel: “Blessed …

The Nets

In both Isaiah 6 and Luke 5, there is an encounter with the Holy Lord God which shakes the person who encounters Him. In Isaiah, the prophet is caught up before the throne of God.  The six-winged seraphim are flying around the throne; with two wings they flew, with two they covered their feet (so as not to give offense …

Good News

Who do people think Jesus is?  Or, to narrow the question a little bit, who do the people of Nazareth in today’s reading think Jesus is (Luke 4:16-30)?  He grew up there; they know him and his parents.  He’s respected enough to be allowed to read in the synagogue.   So, he returns to his hometown after he’s been doing …

The Wedding at Cana

In chapter 2 of John’s Gospel, Jesus is at a wedding in Cana, along with his mother Mary as well as his disciples.  It is where Jesus will do his first miracle, turning water into wine.   There are a few significant things about this event.   First, Jesus chose to bless a wedding both with his presence and with …

The Baptism of Jesus

Today we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus.   Now in the very beginning, God created all things “very good” and perfect.  However, decay, death and evil soon intruded into God’s good creation through the sin of Adam and Eve.  This was “not good” and made His creation no longer perfect.  But, God promised a Savior who would reconcile us to …

A Light to the Nations

Last Sunday in our readings we had Jesus’ presentation at the temple and the joy that that gave the faithful Simeon and Anna who encountered him.  We have there the Song of Simeon where Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms and praised him as a light for revelation to the gentiles and for glory for God’s people Israel.  …

The Song of Simeon

Our Gospel reading for today (Luke 2:22-40) contains what is called the “Song of Simeon,” also known as the “Nunc Dimittis,” which in Latin simply means “Now Dismiss,” because of the first words of the song in Latin.  Like many things in Latin it sounds more impressive before you translate it into English.  This Song of Simeon, of course, is …