Sermons on “Matthew”

Can God count on you to be a STAR for Him this year?

Can God count on you to be a STAR for Him this year?

This weekend, we celebrate “The Epiphany of the Lord.” The Gospel we hear this weekend tells of the coming of the Magi or Kings. You remember the hymn we usually sing on this weekend…“We three Kings of Orient are…”

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Are you recognizing the face of Jesus in the face of the hungry and homeless?

Are you recognizing the face of Jesus in the face of the hungry and homeless?

This weekend’s passage from the Holy Gospel gives us a view of the Final Judgment. It’s a grand image…Jesus on a throne surrounded by angels…and “all the nations assembled before Him.”

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Are you giving back to God and His people from all that He has given to you?

Are you giving back to God and His people from all that He has given to you?

This weekend’s Gospel passage has a story that we’re all familiar with…the story of a man going on a journey and entrusting his treasures to three of his servants. The expectation of the man was that his servants would USE the “talents” that he gave to them in such a way that the original “talents” would be multiplied.

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Are you READY to meet the Lord NOW!

Are you READY to meet the Lord NOW!

When I read this weekend’s Gospel, I thought to myself, “We’re getting closer to Advent with the theme of being prepared and watching for the Lord.” This Sunday’s Gospel passage brings us familiar warnings about preparation for the end of our own world, the end of our own time and our passing into eternity.

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Do you think people see you as a hypocrite? Do you see yourself as one?

Do you think people see you as a hypocrite? Do you see yourself as one?

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus offers us a strong invitation to render humble, committed and loving service to others. He bluntly tells the Pharisees (and us) that he has no respect for hypocrisy. Did you know that the word “hypocrisy” comes from the Greek and has a root meaning of “pretense” or “pretend?”

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How deep is your love for God and for “His people?”

How deep is your love for God and for “His people?”

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus reminds us of the “Two Great Commandments.” These commandments are pretty straightforward and don’t need a volume of interpretation.

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Do you have your priorities straight… are you true to your commitment as a Christian, no matter what is going on around you?

Do you have your priorities straight… are you true to your commitment as a Christian, no matter what is going on around you?

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus escapes from the ongoing attempts of the Pharisees to trap Him. The Pharisees ask the question, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Jesus hesitates a moment and then firmly replies “Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

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Are you using the gifts that God has given you to help build the Kingdom of God?

Are you using the gifts that God has given you to help build the Kingdom of God?

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus provides another parable (story with a message) for us to peruse. Once again, the parable is allegorical.

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Do you recognize your talents and abilities as gifts of God?

Do you recognize your talents and abilities as gifts of God?

In today’s passage of the Holy Gospel, Jesus offers what is called an “allegorical parable.” An allegory is a method used in literature and art to suggest a meaning that is not literal.

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Are you big on talk and weak on action or “vicey versey?”

This weekend we hear another parable (a story with a lesson) from Jesus. Jesus presents two sons in this parable as he does in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

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