Who says no to more? Have you heard that question before? Who says no to more? We are in that time of year when people’s attention turns to getting gifts to give at Christmas. It seems to be the surrounding culture that tells us that more is better. Instead of a spirit of giving we […]

In Old Testament times it was the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, that was observed as a day of worship. In New Testament times it is Sunday, the first day of the week, the day of the Resurrection, that is observed as a day of worship. Our church law concerning this observance states, […]

This Thursday we will observe the secular holiday of Thanksgiving Day. As you will recall from what you learned in school, the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth in November, 1620. Of the 110, only 50 survived the first winter. On March 16, 1621, Abnaki Indian Samoset walked into the colony and later brought Squanto. Squanto’s importance […]

Who is my neighbor? A good question by the lawyer; still a good question today. In first century Israel, the Jews knew Leviticus 19:18, “Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” There was considerable debate, though, as to who was […]

In today’s Gospel we hear of two healings by Jesus: the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage, and the raising from the dead of Jairus’ daughter. Both of these are responses of Jesus to the faith of the people he cured. These are only two of the times Jesus healed the sick or raised […]

This coming week, as you all know, is the now-secular holiday of Hallowe’en. What was originally connected with two Western church holy days has been so secularized as not to be recognized as having any religious connection at all. We see this same phenomenon with the Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – and the […]

In Jesus’ parable, that we just heard, the point is the failure of the rich man to use the opportunity given to him due to his indifference. The rich man did not believe in an afterlife. His reaction at the end indicates this. Therefore he spent his life enjoying all the luxuries of life. He […]