Sermons by David Phillips (Page 14)

Quinquagesima – Who’s blind?

Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.  On Wednesday of this week, the Church proclaims, as it has from earliest of times, a forty day fast in preparation to stand with Mary and John and the other disciples in awe before the Cross on Good Friday – that great and terrible day – and to celebrate on the third day after, the great Feast of the Resurrection – Easter. In the Gospel today, Jesus tells the…

Temperate in all things?

Everyone who strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. We are continuing a thematic approach to these evenings, focusing on the virtues of the soul. Tonight we are considering “Temperance”, the cardinal virtue that has been associated with the appetitive aspect of the soul. A week ago Tuesday night, Simone led the Bible study on Temperance and prepared a wonderful summary and excellent questions for reflection, which has helped me prepare tonight. ———— A virtue…

Sexagesima – The Good Earth

 But that on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. During Christmas and Epiphany seasons, we began by remembering the Incarnation of Lord, then we followed Jesus growing up – the manifestation of his glory as a boy, as the Wisdom of God, and then as the power of God, shown in his miracles of changing water into wine and…

Prudence and the Foolishness of God

The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, And the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. We are continuing a thematic approach to these evenings together. Each night we will consider one of the virtues of the soul – starting in the last three months with Love, Faith and Hope – gathered together by St Paul in different places in his writings – they are the foundation of the Christian life. Tonight…

Epiphany 1: Our minds His business

Do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewal of your mind In Epiphany season we don’t stay at the cradle, in a kind of sentimental beholding of the Christ child, but we are forced, in a sense, by our readings to quickly grow up with Jesus – moving from the cradle to the one story in Scripture of Jesus as a teenager. Some of you are teenagers now, the rest…

No one has ever seen God

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. Our souls have been made with the desire to see God and to be united with God. The highest aspect of souls, of our rational nature, had this ability in the beginning. And whether a person believes in God or not, that desire to see God still shows itself in various ways. In the modern…

Baptism: Washing and Sacrifice

Therefore, beloved, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus by the new and living way that he has opened up for us… Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Baptism is the means that Jesus has given to us, His Church, by which the justifying effects of His Cross and Passion are…

The Word was made flesh

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.“ A Happy Christmas to you all! Today we celebrate and ponder the great gift of God coming into our midst to save us and to lift us into the divine life, the life that is eternal. God made that promise of salvation in ancient times. Our first lesson today is from the prophet Isaiah, through whom God spoke to the people of…

Advent 3: Stewards of the Mysteries!

Think of us in this way, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of God’s mysteries.  This morning we can feel the growing anticipation and joy of the coming Feast! We cannot contain ourselves it seems – our Christmas party this Friday, people at work having similar gatherings, Nine Carols and Lessons this coming Sunday!  All a kind of Christmas joy and celebration spilling out before the Feast!  And perhaps this is right –…

Advent 1: Owe nothing but love

Micah 4:1-4, 6-7       Romans 13:8-14       Matthew 21:1-13 Now it is high time to awake out of sleep… Today we begin the new Christian year with the season of Advent. Our colour has changed to purple to symbolize penitence – it is a recognition that not all the work is done, once we become a Christian – but there is a call to the ongoing conversion of our hearts. Advent is a time to reflect on…