Only Luke Is With Me

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist. He is called an evangelist because he wrote the third of the four New Testament Gospels. St. Luke also wrote the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, which comes just after the Gospels in the New Testament. Taken together, St. Luke’s Gospel and Acts form a continuous story of the birth of Christianity from the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist, to St. Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, in about 60 A.D.

St. Paul said, “Only Luke is with me”.  What’s the significance of this and what does he mean? … click here.

Jesus … Who Does He Think He Is?

By Bishop Council Nedd

Jesus in today’s story doesn’t go through any elaborate ritual like the great prophets Elijah and Elisha when they raised children from the dead. He doesn’t even mutter a brief prayer. At Nain, he offhandedly says to the corpse: “Okay, Kid, get up.”

And at the graveyard in Bethany, he basically strolls up to the newly opened tomb and hollers, “Lazarus, come out!”

Both of these events must have stunned the onlookers, and not just because of what he had done, but because of the way in which he did it. Raising people from the dead was one of the signs by which the Jews of the First Century expected to identify the Messiah. However, he didn’t perform the miracles in the way they expected the Messiah to perform them.

His approach left everyone asking… Who Does He Think He Is?

 

 

We All Fall Short of God’s Glory

The beginning of every service of Holy Communion is designed to convince you that you are, in fact, a sinner… and a sinner in dire need of God’s forgiveness. Most Sundays we hear Jesus’ summary of the Law. Once a month we rehearse the Ten Commandments. Regardless, the point is the same – God has moral standards, we have not lived up to them and we are all here in church today to deal with this fact.

In today’s Gospel lesson, a man wants to know is the bare minimum required to stay on God’s good side. In short, the man is looking for Jesus to tell him how he can coast into heaven with as little effort as possible.

What did Jesus tell this “justified” man? Click here.