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Thirsty Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/3LentRCIA030418/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Love , Water , Samaritans , God's Love Source: The Sunday Website In this reflection on Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-42), John Foley says the flowing fountain that Jesus promises is the love of God poured into our hearts (Romans 5:5). Innocence in the Midst of Evil Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/EpiphanyB010718/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Epiphany , Herod , Light , Magi Source: The Sunday Website John Foley calls the visit of the magi (Matthew 2:1-12) "a classic story about innocence in the midst of evil." It is also about hope because we can look to the light of the Christ child. Stay for a While Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/AscensionB051318/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Love , Jesus , Ascension , Spirit Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on Acts 1:1-11 and Ephesians 1:17-23 which wrestles with feeling abandoned in the wake of Jesus' ascension. Rather than being absent, Foley notes, Jesus is even more present through the Spirit and Eucharist. The Way Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/5EasterA051417/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Jesus , Disciples of Christ , Trinity , God's Love Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on Jesus' exchange with his disciples in John 14:1-12, particularly focusing on the disciples' responses, and what Jesus is ultimately trying to communicate: God’s infinitely loving presence. Layers of Wisdom Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/17OrdA073017/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Love , Wisdom , Treasure , Hope Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12, Psalm 119, Romans 8:28-30, and Matthew 13, focusing on the theme of wisdom. Fear Factor Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/33OrdA111917/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Love , Parable , Talent , Fear Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30, examining it through the lens of fear and love; the investment of love is a risk, a risk that God delights in. Love and death Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/5LentRCIA031818/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Death , Love , Jesus , Lazarus Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on why Jesus did not go quickly to heal Lazarus when he was dying (John 11:1-45). The love of God holds Lazarus even in death and in his case leads to life again. Ascension Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/AscensionA2017/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Ascension , Spirituality , Holy Spirit , Grace Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on John 17:1-11, writing that the ascension of Jesus is both a shock and a blessing. Jesus consoles us with the words of his prayer and the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.... Love and Death Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/5LentA040217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Death , Lent , Love , Jesus Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:1-45), arguing that death does not negate life, but rather brings us even further into the love of God. Thirsty Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/3LentA031917/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Love , Water Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on the story of the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at the well in John 4:5-42, focusing on our thirst and the water that will truly quench that thirst: God's real and abiding love. The Man Who Would Be King Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/PassionA040917/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Jesus , Palm Sunday , King Source: The Sunday Website John Foley examines Palm Sunday readings—Matthew 21:1-11, 26:14-27:66, Isaiah 50:4-7, Philippians 2:6-11—which reveal what kind of kingship Jesus embodies; not publicity and grandeur, but giving himself for others, suffering even unto death. Intimate Transformation Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/BodyBloodA061817/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Eucharist , Union With Christ Source: The Sunday Website John Foley offers thoughts about why it makes sense to devote the second Sunday after Pentecost to the Eucharist. After Christ’s ascension, Jesus' physical life can still become one with our bodies in the Eucharist. Full Text Hymns on John Foley Come to the Water©
One Bread, One BodyPD
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Contradictions Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/13OrdA070217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Life , Death , Gift , Paradox Source: The Sunday Website John Foley comments on "flat-out contradictions" in Scripture (paradoxes and miracles might be more accurate terms). E.g., "Those who lose their life for my sake will find it" (Matthew 10:39). Love and Death Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/5LentA040614/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Death , Love , Jesus , Lazarus Source: The Sunday Website John Foley invites us to spiritual reflection of John 11:1-45, to reflect on death, love, and Jesus' understanding of the relationship between the two. Wait and Be Small Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/3AdvA121116/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Advent , Patience , Humility , Waiting Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on Isaiah 35:1-6, Matthew 11:2-11, and James 5:7-10. He explores the patience of Jesus and Mary and encourages us to grow in patience and humility. Sheepish? Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/4EasterA050717/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Shepherd , The Love of Christ , Assurance , Faith Source: The Sunday Website John Foley offers commentary and reflections on John 10:1-10. Foley describes the details of historical shepherding to illuminate the metaphor of the Good Shepherd. We, like the sheep, are known to our shepherd, and loved. The Story of Our Lives Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/TrinityA061117/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Trinity Sunday , Trinity , History of Redemption Source: The Sunday Website John Foley offers reflections for preaching John 3:16-18 and 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 on Trinity Sunday. Foley illuminates the nature of the Trinity through the story of God’s redeeming work among humanity. Behold the Lamb of God Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/3OrdA012217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Light , Incarnation , Christmas Source: The Sunday Website John Foley shares a reflection on Isaiah 8:22-9:3 and Matthew 4:12-23. Like a candle, Jesus is a kindly light that draws us. The great light made itself small for us by coming as a baby. Love and Death Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/5LentA040217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation/Sermon by John Foley Topics: Death , Jesus , Life , Incarnation Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on John 11:1-45, thinking about themes of life, death, sorrow, and love, writing, “Life is something you can have only because you are rooted in love.” Layers of Wisdom Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/17OrdA073017/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Parables , Kingdom of God , Wisdom , God's Love Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on the "common sense wisdom" in the parables of Matthew 13:44-52. What does common sense urge us to do when we get a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven?