Orthodoxy is Not Enough
Easter 5: Rogation Sunday (focus texts in bold):
Deuteronomy 4:5-9 - Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Psalm 19:7-14 - the Law of Lord is more to valued that gold
James 1:22-27 - do not be hearers of the word only, but doers
John 16:23-33 - Jesus goes to the Father
Cover art: “Blessing of the Wheat in Artois” (detail), depicting a Rogation procession in the French countryside, by Jules Breton, 1857, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Be Quick to Listen
Easter 4 (focus texts in bold):
Job 19:21-27a - I know that my redeemer lives... in my flesh I shall see God
Psalm 1: how those who meditate on God's word prosper!
James 1:17-21 - be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to wrath
John 16:5-15 - the Holy Spirit will come and guide you into all truth
Cover art: Holy Spirit Rose Window, by Henninger’s Design Studio, 2013, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Sunbury, Ohio; Photo: Nick Heyob
Easter 3 (focus texts in bold):
Ezekiel 37:1-10 - the valley of dry bones
Psalm 30 - shall the dust give thanks to you?
1 John 5:4-12 - there are three who bear witness: Spirit, water, and blood
John 20:19-23 - Jesus appears to his disciples for the first time post-resurrection
Cover art: “In Remembrance of Me," by Walter Rane, 1997, oil on canvas
This homily was delivered at Hillsdale College in the new Christ Chapel on the eve of Commencement, May 10, 2019.
While the Chapel was not yet complete, the College wanted the class of 2019 to enjoy the space before the graduation. So a special prayer service was planned just for them and their parents. Fr. Adam, our Rector and the Chaplain of Hillsdale College, was humbled and honored to deliver this, the first homily ever, in the new chapel.
This homily is based on the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 11, the beginning of "the roll call of faith."
The Lord is My Shepherd
Easter 2 (focus texts in bold):
Ezekiel 34:11-16 - the Lord will come and shepherd his own sheep
Psalm 23 - the Lord is my shepherd
1 Peter 2:19-25 - follow Christ's example, who is your shepherd and overseer
John 10:11-16 - I am the Good Shepherd
Cover art: “The Good Shepherd” (detail), by Alfred Handel, c. 1940, stained glass at St. John the Baptist Church, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia