Sermons by “Fr. Bob Abstein”

Pressing toward the Goal

Without throwing away his own religion Paul, nevertheless, throws away a theology which had made him important and given him great status. In its place, he embraces Christ and Christ’s way.

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The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

This parable reminds us that God operates, not on our conventional conceptions of fairness and causes and effects; but rather, God operates on contrarian wisdom—patience, faithful tending, and hopeful expectation.

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The Lament over Jerusalem

The one who comes in the name of the Lord will hold up to the people a vision of hope, liberation, and justice for the poor. This has always been the vision of God.

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Blessings and Woes

The poor can help us see the need for a power greater than ourselves to heal us and give us happiness and meaning. They help us come to the day when we will clearly see the source of this power: Jesus, the Christ, our Savior.

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The Gift of Love

Because of God’s faithfulness and love, we have the strength to develop into communities that carry out the loving, liberating works for which our world searches.

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Spiritual Gifts

We are reminded that in the end the gifts, the ministry, and the empowering of the community for service all belong to God.

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The Visit of the Wise Men

We celebrate Epiphany because it’s a time to remind ourselves that in him a light has dawned that will never go out; a light of faith, and hope, and joy that shines in all the kinds of darkness that can afflict this world. (Matthew 2:1-12)

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