We are sixteen days from the midterm elections and one day from the start of early voting. Ads are running, rhetoric is raging, and lines are being drawn. And here’s what I wonder. What if Jesus’ name was on the ballot? Would you and I vote for him?
We tend to back the one who will “do for us whatever we ask” of him or her, the one who supports our beliefs, the one who advances our agenda. Isn’t that what James and John want from Jesus? “Teacher we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you … Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” They are privileging themselves over others, and we often do too. Give us. Do for us. That’s politics as usual. “But it is not [to be] so among you,” Jesus says. Continue reading A Vote That Matters – A Sermon On Mark 10:35-45
About a week ago I posted My Thank You Note to President Trump. It received a lot more attention than I ever expected. In response to that posting someone sent me the following: Dear Father Mike, I’m a little confused (pardon that). The past twelve months have been tumultuous, to put it mildly. Is it a good or a bad thing to stand publicly against … Continue reading Is It A Good Or A Bad Thing?
Mr. President, I did not vote for you and I never thought I would be saying this but I owe you a debt of gratitude. Less than a week into your presidency you have already done for me something I do not think Mrs. Clinton could have or would have done had she been elected president. Your words and actions have inspired me. They have … Continue reading My Thank You Note to President Trump
The First Sunday of Advent – Matthew 24:36-44 Many are saying that the world has changed and that it changed on November the 8th with the election of Mr. Trump as our next president. Some are excited and hopeful about this change. They’ve waited a long time for this day. Others are terrified and dismayed about the change. They never wanted to see this day … Continue reading Advent in America: Politics and Baptism – A Sermon on Matthew 24:36-44 for Advent 1A
Today’s gospel (Luke 4:21-30) needs to be heard and can really only be understood in the context of last week’s gospel (Luke 4:14-21). So let’s take a look at where we are. Jesus has been baptized, has overcome the temptations in the wilderness, and has returned to the synagogue of his childhood in Nazareth. He reads from the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord … Continue reading Borders and the Politics of Jesus – A Sermon on Luke 4:21-30
I want to talk with you today about politics. When I say politics I’m including not only elected officials and the governmental process, I’m also including you and me, the opinions we hold, the decisions we make, and the ways we relate to one another. Let me give you some context and examples of what I am thinking about. I’m thinking about racism, prejudice, and … Continue reading The Politics of Jesus – A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21