Lent A

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2006

March 1, 2006 Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The season of Lent begins with one word: Remember. … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday (A,B,C) – 2006

April 13, 2006 Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Together with the sense of the Holy, the experience of Maundy Thursday affords us the most profound … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2006

April 14, 2006 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 And now the sorrowful fellowship of Thursday evening turns into terror with the arrest of their beloved … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2007

February 21, 2007 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Today we are invited to swim against the tide. Let us consider that invitation. In the name … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday (A,B,C) – 2007

April 5, 2007 Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Reading deathbed quotations can provide information and amusement, bewilderment, and boredom. Seldom, … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2007

April 6, 2007 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42; Psalm 22 “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to his disciple, “Here is your mother.” Jesus hangs on the … [Read More...]

1 Lent (A) – 2008

February 10, 2008 Psalm 32; Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11  “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” or “Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from … [Read More...]

2 Lent (A) – 2008

February 17, 2008 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17  One could summarize the past two Sundays and today with a three-word theme: Transfiguration, Temptation, and Trust. On the last … [Read More...]

3 Lent (A) – 2008

February 24, 2008 Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42  "Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 'Rabbi, eat something.'" It is not often that we find anyone in the gospels giving Jesus advice … [Read More...]

4 Lent (A) – 2008

March 2, 2008 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41   Eddie was the extrovert in the community for the disabled in the assisted living unit. He always plunked himself down right in the … [Read More...]

5 Lent (A) – 2008

March 9, 2008 Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45  Many of us hearing today’s Old Testament reading from Ezekiel – that rich and vivid story about the valley of dry bones – instantly … [Read More...]

Palm Sunday (A) – 2008

March 16, 2008 Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14- 27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54 Today’s gospel story, at the heart of the Church’s faith, should be at the heart of our faith: that … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2008

March 16, 2008 Isaiah 52:13-54:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:79; John 18, 19  “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2009

February 25, 2009 Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103 or 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 In the epistle we just heard, St. Paul beseeches us to be reconciled to God. And his … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday (A,B,C) – 2009

April 9, 2009 Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Peter got it wrong. We shouldn’t be surprised in the least. The gospels have taught us to expect … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2009

April 10, 2009 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 The readings for this sad day and night should stand alone, without the need of a sermon. So it is with … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2010

February 17, 2010 Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm 103; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Reading Isaiah 58 knocks the breath out of our self-righteousness. The prophet’s words are addressed to all people … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday (A,B,C) – 2010

April 1, 2010 Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 “And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2010

April 2, 2010 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42; Psalm 22 “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2011

March 9, 2011 Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103 or 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 Ever since the bottom fell out of the sackcloth and ashes business, we’ve not known what … [Read More...]

1 Lent (A) – 2011

March 13, 2011 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 42; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 “Temptation” is a word that has absented itself from this culture’s vocabulary and thinking. It’s so much easier to just give … [Read More...]

2 Lent (A) – 2011

March 20, 2011 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 The architecture of Saint David's Episcopal Church in San Diego, California, is quite intriguing. From the parking lot, a long, … [Read More...]

3 Lent (A) – 2011

March 27, 2011 Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 The lectionary readings begin with our ancestors being led by Moses through the wilderness, on the journey from slavery in Egypt toward an … [Read More...]

4 Lent (A) – 2011

April 3, 2011 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41  In many cultures of the world, the first day of April is kept as April Fools’ Day, a day for shenanigans, generalized tomfoolery, and … [Read More...]

5 Lent (A) – 2011

April 10, 2011 Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45 We talk a lot about God and Jesus, but rarely do we take much time to talk about the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost. And yet, an entire … [Read More...]

Palm Sunday (A) – 2011

April 17, 2011 Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14- 27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54 The crackle of dried palms crunch under the feet of the crowd. The sound is but a faint crackle lost … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday (A,B,C) – 2011

April 21, 2011 Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 This is a day focused on liturgy: very basic and profound liturgical actions are recalled and acted … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2011

April 22, 2011 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 Holy dying. There is a truth about the phrase “holy dying,” which seems to come from the title of Jeremy … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2012

February 22, 2012 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103 or 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 Ask people how they’re doing, and often the answer begins with a single word: “Busy!” … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday (A,B,C) – 2012

April 5, 2012 Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Today is Maundy Thursday, the last Thursday of our annual Lenten observance. The word “Maundy” … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2012

April 6, 2012 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 [Note to the reader: This sermon is intended as a meditation to be read after the Passion Gospel. It … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2013

February 13, 2013 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103 or 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 Christians are hypocrites. That is the word on the street about us, demonstrated in … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday (A,B,C) – 2013

March 28, 2013 Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 On September 11, 2001, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was in New York City to give a … [Read More...]

Good Friday (A,B,C) – 2013

March 29, 2013 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 “It is finished.” Many said words like those that day. Pilate pushed himself up from the judgment … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday (A,B,C) – 2014

March 5, 2014 Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103 or Psalm 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Today’s gospel text almost comes as a relief: Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to … [Read More...]

1 Lent (A) – 2014

March 9, 2014 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 In our Old Testament lesson, we find a test case for free will in the Garden of Eden. We humans usually have good excuses to offer … [Read More...]

2 Lent (A) – 2014

March 16, 2014 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 A question that must echo through the centuries is this: Did Nicodemus ever get it? Did this righteous, sober, pious man ever let go … [Read More...]

3 Lent (A) – 2014

March 23, 2014 Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 The story we just heard about Jesus talking with a Samaritan woman at the well outside Sychar is a story full of surprises. The first … [Read More...]

4 Lent (A) – 2014

 March 30, 2014 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Lent draws the faithful – sometimes kicking and screaming – to a period of spiritual preparation and renewal in anticipation of the … [Read More...]

5 Lent (A) – 2014

April 6, 2014 Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45 Friends, we are almost there. We have been on this Lenten road since Ash Wednesday: about 28 of our 40 days. We are in the home stretch. As … [Read More...]