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…

Sometimes It’s Hard Being True To Ourselves – A Sermon On John 12:1-11 For Monday In Holy Week

Jadas Iscariot by Eilif Peterssen - Own work Themightyquill, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons Today’s gospel (John 12:1-11) is the one we hear every year on Monday in Holy Week, and every year it starts me thinking about Judas.   What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear the name Judas? My guess is that for many of us the first word we think of is some form of “betray.” It was for…

The Things That Make For Peace – A Sermon Luke 19:28-40 For Palm Sunday

Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem (detail) by Enrique Simonet - Museo del Prado, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons Did anything strike you as strange about today’s first gospel reading (Luke 19:28-40)? Did it sound like something was missing? It’s the familiar Palm Sunday story about Jesus sending his disciples into the village to retrieve a colt for him to ride to Jerusalem. As he rides along people are “spreading their cloaks on the road” and “the whole…

Smelling the Fragrance of Beauty – A Sermon On John 12:1-8

"Spring fragrance" by César Poyatos is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. I want to think with you today about poverty and that last line from today’s gospel (John 12:1-8) in which Jesus says, “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” What do you make of that? Who are the poor Jesus is talking about? Whose faces do you see? And what does it mean to be poor? Maybe you think of poverty…

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