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Do all infants go to heaven?

A member of my church asked this question.  Do all infants, children, go to heaven since they don't have the mental capacity to accept or reject Jesus Christ as their savior?  This question can be extended to all humans who have never heard of Jesus Christ due to the limitations of our missionaries. Thank you for this good question. Some subgroups within Christianity have given definitive answers to this sort of question, varying from “Only

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Happy Easter! Easter Day 2020

Happy Easter! In fact, the Church has a much more powerful way of saying this which goes right to the heart of the matter. We greet each other by saying: Christ is risen! and we respond by saying: He is risen indeed! Alleluia! You see, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most stupendous event in all of history. The proclamation “Christ is Risen!” is at the heart of the Christian message. It means that

Partially baptized? Easter Vigil 2020

When you are baptized, how much of you can you keep out of the font?  Think about John the Baptist baptizing Jesus; the early church baptizing converts; plunging them into the rivers and lakes, over their heads in the sacramental waters.  How much of you could you keep dry? Not a bit, right? So how come we keep hanging on to bits?  I once heard that in the Middle Ages knights being baptized would hold

In the Cross of Christ I Glory. Good Friday 2020

In the Cross of Christ I Glory (Hymnal 441) This seems to be the strangest thing about Christianity – that we claim for the enter of our faith an event of darkness and pain and death. And there is plenty of darkness, pain and death in human life already.  Yet in the cross we see much more. We see victory because we see our God loving us through thick and thin.  The Cross is no

Where are you? Maundy Thursday 2020

The Gospel for Maundy Thursday is John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had

Appealing to Judas. Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Gospel for Wednesday in Holy Week is John 13:21-32. After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus,

How to worship at home. April 6, 2020

Worshipping at home online presents challenges, both spiritual and practical.  It always takes some spiritual preparation to participate fully in the Eucharist but when we assemble together, the Church helps us by providing the physical environment, music to draw us into worship and gathering hymns and prayers to collect us to worship. When we are at home, it is up to us to consider the scriptures in advance, examine our conscience, think about what we

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Jesus is lifted up. Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Gospel appointed for Tuesday in Holy Week is John 12:20-36. Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly,

An extraordinary act of devotion. Monday, April 6, 2020

John 12:1-11 is the Gospel reading for Monday in Holy Week. Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled

Palm Sunday: defeat and victory. April 5, 2020

Since Advent Sunday, the Church has been teaching us about the spectacular ministry of Jesus Christ, Abraham’s true offspring and David’s true heir, God’s own Son, Immanuel, born of the Virgin to give our lost humanity a new start. We have delighted to hear his authoritative teaching, experience his powerful healings, marvel at his miracles. We have taken our place with those who love to hear him, touch him and follow him. Wouldn’t we love

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