'St. Paul' Tagged Posts

'St. Paul' Tagged Posts

WHAT DO WE WANT TO SEE IN LENT?

A headline on the religion page of the newspaper a few years back talked about “opening doors to new takes on Lent traditions.”  The article contained not one word, not one, about Christ, or the cross, or salvation from sin. The traditional application of ashes to the forehead on Ash Wednesday over the centuries has been a mark of humble repentance at the foot of the…

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the…

“LET MY PEOPLE GO!”

Back in the 60’s when most TVs were still in black and white, lots of folks gathered around the tube on Sunday evenings to watch The Fugitive, starring the late David Jansen.  (Harrison Ford played the movie role many years later.)  The story-line followed a young doctor, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, fleeing from a zealous…

COMMON SIN & UNCOMMON GRACE

The trials and temptations which besiege young Joseph do not break the godly young man.  St. Paul put it this way:  “No testing has overtaken you except ordinary testing. But God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability, but when he tests you, He will also bring about the outcome that you are able to bear it”…