The Real Presence of Christ

Homily preached by the Rev. James La Macchia
Trinity Parish of Newton Centre
April 30, 2017
The Third Sunday of Easter – Year A

Acts 2:14a, 36-41
1 Peter 1-17-23
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
Luke 24:13-35

My Friends:

laveteThe Christian “Holy Land” within the modern State of Israel and the Palestinian territories has rightly been dubbed the “Fifth Gospel” because it testifies so dramatically and so eloquently to the reality of the resurrected and glorified Jesus Christ. The site of this morning’s reading from the Gospel according to Saint Luke is no exception, and a journey to that place is often the last stop on the itinerary of every Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  And for many Christian pilgrims over the centuries, it has served as a capstone experience of the continuing “Real Presence” of Jesus Christ in his Church and, especially, in the Holy Eucharist. Continue reading

Resurrection Road

Sermon for Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wednesday in Easter Week
Luke 24:13-35

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s reading from Luke is typical of Luke in at least three ways.  First, Luke (and also Acts, written by the same author) is filled with roads and journeys.  Remember Saul on the Damascus road, or the Ethiopian eunuch on the desert road, or the detailed description of Paul’s ocean voyage beginning in Acts 21?  Today’s reading takes place on the
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Jesus in the Room and on the Road

Sermon for Sunday, April 19, 2015
Easter 3B
Luke 24:36b-48

This morning’s sermon is not about the Beatles.  This morning’s sermon is about the tension – the creative, dynamic tension – that exists between our interior, contemplative life and the Church’s active mission “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”  I am going to say how these two dynamics – contemplative and active – are not at all incompatible, but rather are two lungs through which healthy disciples breathe.

But I am going to begin with the Beatles, two of whose titles tell us about the writings of John and Luke.  “The Long and Winding Road” offers an image to help us better understand Luke.  “Come Together” (“right now, over me”) gives us an image to better understand John.  I’m preaching about these two authors because – as the keen-of-eye may notice –  with the exception of the epistle lesson on Easter Day, every one of our scripture lessons during the Easter season comes from either the author of John or Luke.  (Remember that the author of Luke is also the author of Acts.) Continue reading

Meeting Jesus in the Everyday

Sermon for Sunday, May 4, 2014
Easter 3
Luke 24:13-35

Today, I’m going to talk about spiritual practices and finding God in our everyday lives.  And we’re going to get to talk about these by way of two paintings.  The main painting I want to talk about is the one in your order of service, ‘The Servant Girl at Emmaus, by Diego Velazquez, a 16th-century Spanish painter.  But I’m not going to begin with that one; rather, as a point of contrast, we’re going to look first at the painting by Rembrandt on the front cover.

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