1st Sunday After Epiphany, January 10, 2021- Mark 1:4-11- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - This first Sunday following Epiphany has me thinking a lot about John the Baptist as the necessary forerunner to Christ, crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” (Mark 1:3) Most likely, John did not see… Continue reading After Me Will Come One Mightier Than I
3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020- John 1:6-8, 19-28- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Who are you? We can understand the inquisitive nature of those sent by the Pharisees wondering if John the Baptist were the Christ or Elijah or a prophetic voice their scriptures had anticipated would precede the coming of… Continue reading Who Are You, and Why Are You Here?
2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020- Isaiah 40:1-5, Mark 1:1-8- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Are you a preparer of the way, or are you the way? Now what do I mean by that question? In the context of the biblical narrative, we clearly understand the way as being the way of… Continue reading Are You A Preparer of the Way, or the Way?
17th Sunday After Pentecost, September 27, 2020- Matthew 21:23-32- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The priest and elders with whom Jesus contended were religious leaders whose influence was limited by the provisions the Roman empire allowed. In other words, they, like faith leaders of our day and age, were cautioned not to get… Continue reading By What Authority Do You Live and Act?
3rd Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been imprisoned, he left his hometown of Nazareth and made his new home in another Galilean town called Capernaum in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali which, like other… Continue reading Are You the One?