The Baptism of Our Lord: To Fulfill All Righteousness
Jesus’ was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Although He had no sins to confess and repent from, He took our sins upon Himself.
God’s Righteousness and Justice. II: Justice and Mercy Together
God is righteous and just, but He is also merciful. These qualities often work together. He forgives our sins, but we might have to live with the consequences of our wrongdoing.
St. Mark: The First and Final Word
Mark’s life, as recorded in the Bible, is a good reminder that failure does not have to be the final word in your life. Do not let it be the final word in anybody else’s life, either.
Unforgivable? Jesus Says “No”
Jesus said that only one sin is “unforgivable.” Remember that the next time someone tells you another person’s actions are “unforgivable.” Remember that the next time you tell yourself or others that you will never forgive another person. Oh yes, remember that the next time you refuse to accept God’s forgiveness for you.
Ascension and Pentecost III. The Gospel of Forgiveness
One of the most important, and in many churches least emphasized, elements of Jesus’ post-resurrection teaching is the message of forgiveness. Yet, it is central to Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples, and it should be central to our message. As He prepared them for their forthcoming ministry, He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If…