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Innocence in the Midst of Evil Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/EpiphanyB010718/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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. 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. Eye Witness Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/4LentA032617/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Spiritual Blindness , Lent Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on John 9:1-41, reminding his readers that one can have full use of the faculty of sight, and still be blind to the deeper truths of the world. 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.... Eye Witness Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/4LentRCIA031118/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Healing , Jesus , Darkness , Belief Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on Jesus' cure of a blind man (John 9:1-41), whose soul was healed along with his eyes. The Pharisees blind themselves against the truth as they struggle to maintain their status. Stay for a While Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/AscensionB051318/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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. Brilliant Suffering Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/2LentA031217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley Topics: Transfiguration , Divinity of Christ , Jesus Christ's humanity Source: The Sunday Website John Foley talks about Jesus' transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-19) as a way for Jesus to reassure them (and us) that suffering and death actually fulfill his divinity. They are God’s love shining forth. 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? Fear Factor Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/33OrdA111917/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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. Love and Death Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/5LentA040217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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. 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. Full Text Hymns on John Foley Psalm 34: The Cry of the Poor©
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Wait and Be Small Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/3AdvA121116/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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. Behold the Lamb of God Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/3OrdA012217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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. Contradictions Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/13OrdA070217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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). Blessed Are You, If... Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/4OrdA012917/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley Topics: Beatitudes , Blessing , Love , Honor Source: The Sunday Website John Foley reflects on Matthew 5:1-12 and wonders why Jesus pronounces the troubled people blessed. Could it be because riches and honor can lure us far from God and Jesus—and from our real selves? 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. Love and Death Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/5LentA040217/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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.” The Man Who Would Be King Scripture Meditation or Sermon by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/PassionA040917/reflections_foley.html Scripture Meditation or 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. The Real Story Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/27OrdA100817/reflections_foley.html Sermon Preparation or Illustration by John Foley Topics: Jesus , Parables , Incarnation , God's Love Source: The Sunday Website John Foley summarizes the message of the Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-43). Our repeated failure to accept God’s love has resulted in a final invitation, God’s own child.