Sermon, Lent 5B, John 12:20-33, Seeing, Unless, Conditionals

Unless … – A Sermon On John 12:20-33

I don’t know if “unlesses” is a real word but I am using it as a noun and the plural of unless. 

We all have our “unlesses.” They’re about how and what we see. They are the restrictions, limitations, and conditions that shape and inform our relationships and understanding of each other, Jesus, and ourselves.

Jesus has his “unlesses” too. Unless is the hinge around which we either see or do not see Jesus. Continue reading Unless … – A Sermon On John 12:20-33

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The Secret To Life – A Sermon On John 12:20-33

Seeing Jesus isn’t a spectator sport. It is a way to be followed, a truth to be embodied, a life to be lived. It’s being a grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies so that it might bear much fruit. That’s where we see him. It’s the letting go, the emptying, the leaving behind, and the dying that makes space for new life to arise. Continue reading The Secret To Life – A Sermon On John 12:20-33

Dying to Live – A Sermon on John 12:20-33; Lent 5B

The collect and reading for the Fifth Sunday of Lent may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 12:20-33. They say there are three things that cannot be talked about. You know them, right? Religion, sex, and politics. I think they are wrong. We do talk about those things. We just do it really badly. There is, however, something we do not … Continue reading Dying to Live – A Sermon on John 12:20-33; Lent 5B

A Sermon for Tuesday in Holy Week, John 12:20-33

The collect and readings for Tuesday in Holy Week may be found here. The appointed gospel is John 12:20-33. Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told … Continue reading A Sermon for Tuesday in Holy Week, John 12:20-33

Trusting Death

In the Episcopal lectionary the gospel for this past Sunday (John 12:20-33) has some Greeks coming to Philip and saying, “Sir we wish to see Jesus.” Philip tells Andrew of this request and together they tell Jesus. I suspect Jesus’ response is not what these Greeks had expected or wanted. Jesus responds: The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very … Continue reading Trusting Death