Sermons by “Fr. David Thompson”
One day St. Matthew was a tax collector, accustomed to cheating people; the next day a follower of Jesus. How does such dramatic change in a life happen? The Psalmist says, “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps. 51:17). God had to first break Matthew’s hardened heart in order for Christ’s call to reach him. It is only after a heart has broken from the preaching of the gospel that people can truly hear and respond to God’s call on their lives. Then God begins the work of healing and forming new hearts by his Holy Spirit.
If Peter is the “rock” (Matt. 16:18), Andrew is the pavement. Andrew shows us what it looks like to make a way for people to come to Jesus. Building bridges between people and Christ is key to living and fishing like disciples.
When Mary left in haste to visit her kinswoman, Elizabeth, she travelled a long distance to share her joy (Luke 2:39-56). On her arrival, she brought true and everlasting joy with her into Elizabeth’s home. Sometimes we think of joy being out there, something we have to strive after and obtain for ourselves. If only we will stop to hear the ring of Mary’s greeting, we will too will hear and see that joy has come to us in Christ Jesus, and all we have to do is receive him.
The Apostle Peter takes us into deep waters by suggesting that “baptism now saves us,” like Noah and his family was saved from the flood in Genesis 6-9. Baptism is like a second flood, except it’s not a flood of wrath, but a flood of grace. God’s grace poured out in water and the Holy Spirit floods our souls and begins the hard work of suffocating the old Adam in us, so that he can bring forth new life in us from the one who walks on water, Christ Jesus.