Sermons by Fr John Wells
The Jews and others, when they saw Jesus weep, said, “See how he loved him!” Lazarus was in a better place, but Jesus has empathy with Lazarus’ sisters and with our sorrows and grief. Our hope is in Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life. God will not let death have the last word.
Traditional Jewish thought said suffering was due to sin. There are various answers as to why we suffer which are usually insufficient. Does God care that we suffer? What, if any, is God’s role? What is Jesus’ role in our suffering?
The woman at the well left a changed person–she found Living Water. How do we get Living Water so we can be the person Jesus see us as and not who we think we are?
“Night” in the Gospel of John signals the condition of those who want to believe but have difficulty believing. Jesus said that “whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” Being born again does not depend on our faltering faith but on the grace of God so that we are born from above. It is a gift that we have to receive.
God allows his creatures freedom to chose His way or ours. In how he faces his temptations in the wilderness, Jesus does not use his power to do what human nature would want, but sets an example of faith and trust in God. Our temptations should not be seen as an obstacle, but a means to strengthen our faith to choose life and not death.
God gave us his law so we would know how to follow his ways. We tend to put our own meaning into them. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us not just the law, but the intent behind the laws–to show us how to live as God meant for us to live. We are God’s workmanship created to love and serve God and love and serve others.
For the people in our lives that do not know God: are we telling them about Jesus? The Christian life is not just about living and walking the walk, but we are to also talk the talk. Make a difference day by day: be salt and light to those around you.