“He is telling them, in a very direct way, that they have it all wrong. Instead of welcoming, loving and opening their faith to others they have bound it up with rules, regulations and authority figures.
Instead of sharing the wealth, the fruits, they have kept it for themselves. And this, Jesus warns, will crush them. Their desire to have power and control, to regulate and institutionalize the faith, will crush them.”
Our authority, our power, then, is not dependent on society’s definition. The institutions of our lives are not where our authority lies. Who we are and where we derive our power from is that piece of God within us all, that signature God has left on our hearts.
What Jesus is demonstrating is powerful stuff. It means we don’t need to wait to be given permission to claim our authority, power, truth.
As I sat down to write this sermon for today I could not get this story of Al Letson and the fallen man out of my mind. I couldn’t help but see the connection between what Al chose to do in that moment when he flung himself down onto a fallen man being beaten and what Jesus is asking his disciples to do in this morning’s Gospel passage.
You may have noticed that we are currently in the midst of a “come to Jesus moment.” America is in the throes of a major “come to Jesus moment.”
Police brutality, white nationalism, nazis, riots, racism, sexism, slander, ignorance, hunger, human-trafficking, depression, drugs, pain, war, suffering, violence…
Among all the conflict, hate and pain, we are being asked “Who do you say that I am?” In other words: What do you believe in? What do you stand for? And what will you do about it?
And while I was at Christ Church, I met a priest by the name of The Rev. Gray Lesesne. Gray and I didn’t really work together that much during my internship, but one day we got together for lunch in order to get to know each other better, and it remains one of the most memorable lunches of my life in ministry.
The Holy Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Sermon, Preached at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church Sunday July 9, 2017 When my husband was teaching kindergarten at a Reggio Amelia school, a school focused on art and creativity, he would often find himself working with children on art in their lessons. One day he was assisting in a […]
I think about this mother when I hear our Gospel story today. The disciples on the road to Emmaus were devastated too. They had just lost their beloved, their teacher, their hope for salvation. They felt abandoned, alone, scared, sad. And what’s more, a bunch of crazy women were running around saying their savior was alive again. For these disciples, it’s like salt in the wound to hear these stories of resurrection.
The Gospel of John is unique in many ways compared to the other Gospels. It was written many years after Mark, Matthew and Luke. And many scholars believe it was written independently of the other three Gospels. One of the ways we know this is that there are several stories in the Gospel of John […]
I’m a mother of two boys. One of my boys is a beautiful bi-racial boy and one of my boys is a beautiful white boy. One has spiral afro curls and dark brown eyes. One has fluffy white blond hair and pale blue eyes. They are my twins. We adopted our oldest son as a […]
In our Gospel reading today, we encounter Jesus on his final journey to Jerusalem. He’s on the road with his disciples, headed to his death. Jesus knows what’s up- he knows he’s going to die and not only that, he knows he’s going to suffer in the process. In the passage today it states: Jesus […]