Playing The Game Of Life – A Sermon On John 6:51-58

Proper 15B – John 6:51-58 Shortly before I began the fourth grade my mom, dad, sister, and I took a trip to Kansas City. We spent the night at the airport Holiday Inn. I remember us sitting around the pool and every time a plane flew overhead my mom would cry. The next morning we took my dad to the airport. He would spend the … Continue reading Playing The Game Of Life – A Sermon On John 6:51-58

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Seeing With The Eye Of The Heart – A Funeral Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9

Richard knew a “secret, a very simple secret.” He knew and trusted that “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, chapter xxi)

That is the secret that sustains us through our losses and gives hope on this day. It is the secret that makes life beautiful, relationships meaningful, and conversations extraordinary. It is the secret that lifts us up to see further and cleanses our eyes to see more clearly. It is the secret all our sacred scriptures try to teach us. It is a secret open to everyone and hidden from no one, but only those with eyes to see will understand it. Continue reading Seeing With The Eye Of The Heart – A Funeral Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9

Don’t Confuse Wealth with Life

The collect and readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 23B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Mark 10:17-31.

The man in today’s gospel has plenty of stuff but something is missing. His life is full but he is empty. Despite his acquisitions and accumulations he is searching for more. He’s acquired wealth but not the life he wants. There is an urgency about the man in today’s gospel. He doesn’t just go to Jesus. He runs to him and asks, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

He is looking for the life that only God can give. He’s heard about it since his youth. It’s the story told in scripture. It’s the life promised to his and our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It’s the life that drew the Israelites through the Red Sea and into the wilderness. Like those before him this man is seeking the promised land. Despite his wealth, being good, and doing all the right things he just can’t seem to get there.

I suspect most of us know what it is like to be the man in today’s gospel. There are moments in life when we sense that something is lacking. That inner restlessness, emptiness, and longing tell us there is something more.

We could each tell our own version of the man’s story. It might go something like this. Continue reading “Don’t Confuse Wealth with Life”

Eat Me, Drink Me – A Sermon on John 6:51-58; Proper 15B

The collect and readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 6:51-58.

A friend of mine called last week. She asked, “How are you?” It’s a common question, one we ask and are asked every day. You and I both know the standard answers and I gave them. I said, “Fine. I’m doing well. Things are really busy right now. I’m good.” She laughed and said, “Are you trying to convince me or yourself?”

I suspect I’m not the only one who’s had this type of conversation. Most of us have these kind of conversations several times each day. We offer the usual answers. Sometimes we add something about our family, our health, where we have been, or what we have been doing. More often than not those conversations focus on the circumstances of life. We might be fine and busy, getting our work done, meeting deadlines and commitments, fulfilling obligations, volunteering our time, and loving and caring for our families but there is a difference, a vast difference, between doing life and having life within us.

Doing life or having life; that’s the issue Jesus is concerned about. That’s the focus of today’s gospel. It is important enough that it has been the subject of the last several Sundays of gospel readings. Each week has brought us closer to the unspoken question behind today’s gospel: Is there life within you? Continue reading “Eat Me, Drink Me – A Sermon on John 6:51-58; Proper 15B”

Uncomfortable Faith, Unsnatchable People – A Sermon For Easter 4C, John 10:22-30.

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter may be found here. The appointed gospel is John 10:22-30. 22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? … Continue reading Uncomfortable Faith, Unsnatchable People – A Sermon For Easter 4C, John 10:22-30.