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The True Image Defeats Legion – A Sermon on Luke 8:26-39

“Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion;’ for many demons had entered him.” (From Luke 8:26-39, Proper 7C) He called himself Legion but that is not his true name. That is not who he is. It is, rather, what has become of him, what has happened to him. Let’s not get stuck on the demons. That’s simply descriptive of the emotional … Continue reading The True Image Defeats Legion – A Sermon on Luke 8:26-39

The Freedom of Forgiveness, A Sermon on Luke 7:36-8:3

“Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?’” Jesus is not calling Simon’s attention to this woman. She has already done that. Her tears, her hair, her kisses, her touching, her anointing. Simon, no doubt, has been watching her. He has seen her. That’s not Jesus’ question. Jesus wants to know if Simon understands. Does he know what the woman knows? Does he understand the meaning behind … Continue reading The Freedom of Forgiveness, A Sermon on Luke 7:36-8:3

Tombs, Chains, Nakedness, Demons – The Stuff of Life, The Power of Christ

The collect and readings for Proper 7C, the Third Sunday after Pentecost, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 8:26-39. Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live … Continue reading Tombs, Chains, Nakedness, Demons – The Stuff of Life, The Power of Christ