The Old Testament is positively littered with prophets: one Biblical commentary listed 45 of them! Even before Israel was formed, God anointed people to speak His authority over Creation.
Today’s gospel reading is the prologue to John’s entire gospel, a gospel John wrote for the express purpose of producing faith in us that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God, the eternally-begotten Son of his Father, a faith that allows us to be adopted by his Father through the grace and truth displayed in the life of Jesus, as John illustrates that fact by going on to describe and reflect on seven signs that he selects from among the countless, daily signs he could have chosen of Jesus’ unique relationship to his Father and his mission of salvation for all on earth.
God became man for no other reason than to save us.
Despite his denial, Jesus identifies John as Elijah, the forerunner of the Messiah.
It's no dream. With Jesus, everyone can be home for Christmas.
Advent gives us the time to more fully align our lives with who and what awaits us.
Last Saturday night we celebrated Fr. Toms 20 years as rector of Good Shepherd, and 40 years in parish ministry. As his time here draws to a close and our final good-by's being said, we look towards the future and the calling of a new shepherd, someone who will continue to shepherd and build on the foundation Fr. Tom has laid.
God wants us to experience his joy by putting the talents he has entrusted to us to work.
Repenting of our foolishness is how we produce oil for our spiritual lamps.
Saints understand that you can't enter God's kingdom without passing through a great ordeal.