Ordinary Times

Sermons for Ordinary Times

A Sermon for the Last Sunday after Epiphany (27/02/22): How Did They Know?

Luke 9:28-36 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish in Jerusalem. How did they know? As readers of Luke’s account of the transfiguration, one of the questions that must surely occur to is: how did …

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A Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany (20/02/22): Love Your Enemies

Luke 6:27-38 There is a basic level of kindness which is probably common to all people. It is a sort of shared concern for our fellow human beings which might be present everywhere. It is that sense that if a person’s needs are great enough, for example if they were drowning, and that if the …

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A Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (13/02/22): God speaks from among the poor

Luke 6:17-26 Blessed are you who are poor for yours is the kingdom of God.This is a familiar line from Jesus’ teaching.It is the first of the Beatitudes.But woe to you who are rich for you have received you consolation.It is followed by a somewhat less familiar line from Jesus’ teaching. Luke recalls that for …

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A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (30/01/22): Is Not This Joseph’s Son

Luke 4:21-30 When John, rather than Luke recounts the story of Jesus’ life and ministry he says:“He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.” (John 1:11)To begin with, when Jesus goes to those who were most his own, in the place where he had grown up, to begin …

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A Sermon for the Third Sunday after Epiphany (23/01/22): Manifesto at Nazareth

Luke 4:14-21 At the synagogue in Nazareth Jesus reads a passage from Isaiah and then preaches a one sentence sermon:Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” We could think of Jesus’ life and career in conventional terms, in the way we would any other historical figure, …

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A Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany (16/01/22): His First Sign

John 2:1-12 Jesus did this, the first of his signs in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.One of the characteristics of John’s telling of Jesus’ story are the “signs.” At key moments in his ministry Jesus does something, a miracle, a sign, which reveals, in action, some aspect …

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A Sermon for the Last Sunday in Ordinary Time, Christ the King (21/11/21): Are You the King of the Jews? What Have You Done?

John 18:33-37 Pilate asks Jesus two questions:Are you the king of the Jews?And then when he is not satisfied with Jesus’ first answer he asks him:What have you done? When Pilate asks, “Are you the king of the Jews?” it means something different for him than it does for the chief priests who put that …

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A Sermon for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (07/11/21): Jesus Abolishes Religion

Hebrews 9:24-28 The author of the Letter to the Hebrews declares:He [Jesus] has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself.What is sometimes really hard to see, sitting inside a religion, Christianity, is the degree to which Jesus Christ abolishes religion! The letter to the …

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A Sermon for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (31/10/21): The Ultimate Commandment

Mark 12:28-34 Ultimate ConcernJust now and again you might read a book that really makes a difference, a book that fundamentally changes how you understand things. Maybe once or twice in a lifetime you might have that kind of experience. You perhaps feel that now you grasp something important in a new and different way. …

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A Sermon for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (24/10/21): The Impossible, The Sign of God’s Kingdom

Mark 10:46-52 As far as the Bible is concerned, blindness is incurable. And in fact even now, with two thousand years of advances in medical understanding and therapeutic techniques, most cases of blindness remain irreversible. There are many different reasons why a person my not be able to see, but from the Bible’s perspective they …

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