Sermons by “Fr. David Thompson”
Palm Sunday is a day of great expectation, as well as the beginnings of great disappointment. Expectations were not met. Instead of a conquering king, the people got a crucified Christ. What do you expect from Jesus Christ? “What are you seeking” (Jn. 1:38)? Does it have anything to do with his cross? This is where God’s greatest deed meets our greatest need.
The Apostle Paul says that “the Lord Jesus Christ will transform our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body” (v. 21). You can be sure of it, the Christian life is a life of transformation. Outward transformation in our bodies is a great hope, but is only part of it, and is the last step. God prefers to begin his transformative work deep down within our soul, heart, and mind, working on us from the inside out.
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.