The wedding party didn’t do anything to warrant or earn more wine than they needed and certainly not wine that is being so celebrated. Jesus just gave it freely so that his disciples and we could believe. There are lots of ways to theologize and allegorize this passage that only appears in John. But as someone in Bible study pointed out this week when John wants to theologize, John does it. When we just take this text on its face there’s Good News of the abundance of God and that what we need, what God is here.
Just as Jesus became human that we might become divine, he went into the water that it all might be sanctified. Jesus didn’t need a sin washing. But the whole creation needed the Word to become flesh and dwell among us. When we forget scripture screaming to us who God is and what God has done we’re often left even more unfilled because of all the ways that we individually and collectively fail to measure up and just quite can’t seem to save ourselves.
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church. The sermon for Thursday, January 6, 2022 was preached extemporaneously as a response to the texts for Epiphany.
We have had to give up so many of the things we cherish and have always taken for granted: seeing our aging or dying parents; hugging our newborn grandkids if we are so lucky; the contact we crave and miss with dear friends and family…It would cause Jesus immense agony to accept and bow down to his Father’s wish for him. Jesus had free will to accept or reject. Seems to me that what God asks of us is a far sight easier to say “yes” to.
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Sunday, December 26, 2021 was preached extemporaneously as a response to John 1.1-18.
Regardless of how you count time, we’ve been walking in loneliness, or may have felt like we have been at least from time to time…If we feel like we’ve been walking alone
or that we’ve had extended periods of gloomy time. I’ve got good news for you beloved. Unto us is born today in the city of David a savior who is the Messiah the Lord.
Throughout her song, Mary gives thanks to God speaking not of what God will do but of what God has done. She speaks in the past tense because she is so confident in her faith and hope that God is making all things well. It is eternally true, past, present, and future, so true that it can only be spoken of in the past tense.
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Sunday, December 12, 2021, was preached extemporaneously based on the notes below as a response to Luke 3.7-18. Still in Luke –> Continuation of the John the baptizer story / message Luke gives the most detailed telling of John’s message …
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church. This sermon was preached extemporaneously based on the notes below, as a response to Luke 3.1-6. Grounding again in history –> Luke 2, birth Baptism of repentance, transformation of hearts Preparing for God’s arrival in history Mostly quote from Isaiah about …
So where does this leave us? What are we to do until the end of this age and the arrival of an entirely different world? Advent offers us a time to live in the tension between fear and hope. Between fear and hope. It may be a week from now that all ends; it may be another 2000 years. And we continue to harm one another, the planet, the creation.
In the meantime,…… we have been told what to do – love our neighbor, love ourselves, love God. Do not be weighted down by the justifiable fear.