Yes Means Letting Go – A Sermon On John 13:31-35

Photo by Drahomír Posteby-Mach on Unsplash I was invited to be the guest preacher at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, on the Sunday before The Rev. Beth Knowlton, rector of St. Mark’s, began her sabbatical.  ————— I want to start by being…

Living In Suspense – A Sermon On John 10:22-30

Photo by Matheus Farias on Unsplash "How long will you keep us in suspense?” the religious leaders ask Jesus in today’s gospel (John 10:22-30). I suspect we’ve all had times of suspense in our lives and we’ve all asked that question, whether of…

What’s The Story Of Your Easter? – A Sermon On John 21:1-19

Photo by Fredrik Öhlander on Unsplash I want to begin by asking a couple of questions about the Easter story. Here’s my first question. It’s pretty simple. If I asked you tell the Easter story, what would you say? How would you tell…

Sermons For Easter Sunday And Holy Week 2022

I often follow a thread or theme through Holy Week to Easter. This year I focused on self-betrayal, the ways in which we turn away from ourselves and our lives, and live less than who we truly are. It will be easier to see and follow that theme through these sermons if you begin with the Palm Sunday sermon. Thank you for reading and supporting Interrupting the Silence. Alleluia. Christ is risen.

Stop Believing In Easter And Start Eastering – An Easter Sermon On Luke 24:1-12

"Empty Tomb" by bobosh_t is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0. Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. Do you really believe that? Who believes today’s gospel (Luke 24:1-12) is true?  So let me ask you this, what makes this story true? I don’t think it’s true because the women “found the stone rolled away from the tomb.” And I don’t think it’s true because “they did not find the body.” And I don’t think it’s true…

Nobody Wants To Come To Holy Saturday – A Sermon On Matthew 27:57-66

Jesus descends into hell, breaking down the gates, and releasing Adam and Eve. "Resurrection" by bobosh_t is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0. Nobody wants to come to Holy Saturday. Look around. Very few show up on this day, and most probably do not even know there is a liturgy for this day. I don’t blame them, I understand.  Not much happens today. The liturgy is short, maybe twenty minutes. The church is empty and bare. There are no decorations,…

On Days Like This – A Sermon On John 18:1-19:42 For Good Friday

I used to try to understand, explain, or make sense of this day, Good Friday. I don’t anymore. I’ve given that up. What do you say on days like this? What can be said?  Besides, most of the explanations that I’ve heard or come up with myself don’t really satisfy. They are mostly ways of avoiding death, and a betrayal of Jesus’ humanity. And to whatever degree we turn away from death and humanity, we…

Re-membering – A Sermon On John 13:1-17, 31-35 For Maundy Thursday

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons What comes to mind when you think about Maundy Thursday?  Most of us probably think about the foot washing and the last supper. That’s certainly part of what happens on this night, and that’s the focus of tonight’s gospel (John 13:1-17, 31-35). But this night is also the night of the betrayal.  After washing the disciples’ feet (including the feet of Judas) Jesus “returned…

The Messiness Of Betrayal – A Sermon On John 13:21-32 For Wednesday In Holy Week

Last Supper by James Tissot - Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons I don’t know what to make of or do with today’s gospel (John 13:21-32). It raises more questions for me than it offers answers. There are some things that don’t fit or make sense to me. It’s a messy story, betrayals always are.  The simplest and easiest thing to do with this story would be to take…

The Power Of Holy Week – A Sermon On John 12:20-36 For Tuesday In Holy Week

Yesterday I said that it must have been hard to be Judas. Well, I think the same thing can be said about Jesus in today’s gospel (John 12:20-36). “The hour has come” he says. “Now my soul is troubled.” It must have been hard to be Jesus. Cabeza de Jesús by Enrique Simonet - Unknown source, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons I think that is some of the best and most hopeful news we could hear…

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