Posts with the tag “matthew”

Sermon for Reminiscere, the Second Sunday in Lent, AD 2021
February 28th, 2021
Lent comes before Easter. Advent comes before Christmas. In the church calendar this fact is built in – God never gives anyone great fortune without first giving great hardship. We try hard to remove...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Invocabit, the first Sunday in Lent, AD 2021
February 21st, 2021
Sometimes when we think of Jesus as our God and Lord, which He is, we put Him into a place so beyond ourselves that it seems hard to relate to Him. When we view Jesus as one who is far beyond us in po...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Ash Wednesday, AD 2021
February 18th, 2021
Some of the best stories in the Bible involve fasting and ashes. In the book of Esther, before Esther goes to speak to her husband, the king, she fasts, and her cousin Mordecai sits in sackcloth and a...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Sexagesima, AD 2021
February 8th, 2021
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.” One doesn’t have to have been alive very long or very perceptive to recognize that almost nothing in this world lasts. ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Septuagesima, AD 2021
February 1st, 2021
The people of Israel may have been the most forgetful people ever. Four hundred years of slavery in Egypt, and God sends Moses to deliver them from it. ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, AD 2021
January 25th, 2021
After six days, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to a high mountain by themselves. Like the six days which led to the culmination of creation, this sixth day leads to the culmination of Jesus’ earth...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, AD 2021
January 11th, 2021
The baptism of Jesus is recounted in three of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and in John it is mentioned after already having happened. You can be sure that when an event in Jesus’ life is in a...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, AD 2021
January 7th, 2021
How much did the wise men know? Well, being astrologers, they looked at the stars for signs, but the sign didn’t tell them a whole lot. It’s likely that if they were from Babylon, where God’s people w...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas, AD 2021
January 4th, 2021
While you should not consider this a law from God, it is usually best to baptize a child as soon as he is able to come to church. His need is great – despite innocent appearance every child born is co...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Gaudete, the Third Sunday in Advent, AD 2020
December 14th, 2020
“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Why does John the Baptist send his disciples to ask Jesus this question? It is a question of doubt from the very one who was sent to pre...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Ad Te Levavi, the First Sunday in Advent, AD 2020
November 30th, 2020
Happy New Year! Today begins a new church year. It is the first Sunday of Advent. The world looks at this as the Christmas season, but for the church, that doesn’t start until Christmas day. ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, AD 2020
November 23rd, 2020
Today’s reading from Matthew is often called the parable of the sheep and the goats, but it isn’t really a parable. It is a description of Jesus’ real judgment at the end of time. Jesus reveals this f...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
November 16th, 2020
Our world is full of distrust. We don’t have to look around much to see that trust seems to be at an all time low. Divided, polarized, split – all these terms are constantly used to describe the state...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
November 9th, 2020
All the virgins have come out to see the bridegroom and come in to the house where there will be the last part of the wedding festivities. But they don’t know when he will come. So as the church we ga...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
October 19th, 2020
The Pharisees are unable to undermine Jesus’ authority legitimately and therefore are just going to try to trap him in his words. They want to trip him up in a technicality. They are trying to make hi...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
October 13th, 2020
Several hundred years before the time of Christ, in the land of Persia, the Jews had a great feast because a man had been hanged....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
October 5th, 2020
Although rejected by men, Christ would become the chief cornerstone of the new structure, setting every angle of the building....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 28th, 2020
The myth is that when we see that false god is only a man all of his power is taken away. Think of the wizard of Oz, no longer so impressive when we look behind the curtain. Yet what we fear, love, an...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of St. Matthew, AD 2020
September 28th, 2020
In fact, these words, written by Matthew at his call, could be thought of as his ordination verses. How often he probably turned them over in his mind, meditating on Christ’s life-giving words through...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 21st, 2020
When I was teaching on today’s gospel lesson in seminary, someone asked me, “If the first men who were called to work didn’t get good pay, why did they even go? I would have gone to work somewhere els...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 14th, 2020
Joseph stood before his brothers as a man who had suffered many wrongs in his life. Everything that he had suffered could be traced back to them. Yet now the tables had turned. He was the second most ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 7th, 2020
A fault in many man-made religions is that they have no idea what to do with children. It’s easy to make a way of life for adults, encouraging them to deeper mystic spirituality, a more moral way of l...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 31st, 2020
These three things – deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him – are simple, but that doesn’t mean they are easy. The difficulty combined with the fact that “disciple” is a “churchy” word can ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 24th, 2020
In the first century there were all sorts of ideas concerning who Jesus is. King Herod, who killed John the Baptist, saw Jesus as a resurrected John, riling up the people with his calls to repentance....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 17th, 2020
In early versions of Luther’s Small Catechism, each section of questions and answers would be matched with a woodcut, or picture, depicting a scene from a Bible story. The point of this was to show th...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 10th, 2020
Jesus pulls back the veil, revealing his divine power, telling them to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. For in the midst of a turbulent sea, in the darkest part of the night, the creator o...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 2nd, 2020
In a rare moment, St. Matthew shows us the inner workings of Jesus mind. He retreated alone, and the people followed. Jesus’ response is compassion. He doesn’t work out of frustration or annoyance, tr...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 27th, 2020
Hearing the words “kingdom of heaven” can bring to mind some sort of fantasy land of castles in the clouds, “fairyland” might be a good substitute name for it. The kingdom of heaven sounds like a plac...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 20th, 2020
We know about the kingdom of heaven, we understand Jesus is working, but it doesn’t look like it. Yet Jesus tells us, keep following, keep listening. God is reigning right now and to follow Jesus is r...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 13th, 2020
Christ grants great fruitfulness to those who hear and understand His Word....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 6th, 2020
No one in the wisdom of this world would say that Jesus’ ministry is successful. Yet the Father is pleased with Christ’s work, for he calls all to himself through the seemingly weak means of preaching...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti