Centuries before little Therese of Lisieux would teach us about spritual childhood, the statue that would become known as the Infant of Prague silently showed us that childlike littleness, innocence and confidence, and that these are the keys to heavenly dignity for which we are destined. Many look at the statue and wonder, why is He dressed like that? The purpose of this attire is to make us aware of His holiness and our reward for imitating that holiness. The vestments are priestly and they symbolize a heavenly dignity. He says, “Unless you become like little children you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” So here we see both represented … a little child clothed in royal, heavenly garb.
Father, Son & Holy Ghost
Sermons about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Trinity.
In Hebrew tradition, a name signifies the very essence of a thing. It’s a statement about not just who someone is, but about what they are. And what does the name Jesus signify? It means literally, “Yahweh is Savior”. It doesn’t mean that everyone in the bible with the name Yeshua is supposed to be some sort of savior. But it is certainly right that someone who is the savior would have this name.
“The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen. … For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6)
The Lord God, He is creator and ruler of all things. The government is upon His shoulder, the burden of command is His. We must trust Him. He cannot be wrong, he cannot make a mistake, he cannot fail. He will rule by peace and love and mercy if we will have him, or by might and justice and judgement over our eternal souls if we will not.
A child is born who can stop the hand of God, who can overthrow the power of the maker of this world and free the slaves of sin. No mere child could be so powerful unless that child was also God. And how has He stopped the hand of wrath, overturned the death sentence of the whole human race and empowered man to resist the might of the devil and his cohorts? By becoming weak, by taking on our nature. He empowered our nature by subjecting Himself to our sentence, not just of death but of misery as a frail mortal. He knows what it is to be one of us. The Eternal Word, being strong, became weak.
It’s clear that Christ has a claim as King on all of creation, and this on three counts, as St. Paul points out today – First, as God He is our king because he is, by nature, our creator and our governor. Secondly, he is Man, and as Man he has purchased with his life each and every thing. We do not just thank our liberator – we belong to Him. Third, by His excellence over all things, He is king. But how do we live or show our allegiance?
There is one Father, there are not three Fathers; there is one Son, there are not three Sons; there is one Holy Ghost, there are not three Holy Ghosts. And in this trinity, there is none before or after another, none is greater or less than another. But all three are eternal, and all three are equal. So says the Athenian Creed. [Read more…]
The Roman Catechism proposes for a sermon topic today the Passion of our Lord and Savior. The catechism proposes some wonderful material for the topic, which composes much of the sermon. [Read more…]
A sermon following the sermon from St. Alphonsus for the fourth Sunday in Lent, “On the tender compassion Jesus Christ entertains towards sinners”. [Read more…]