Lent 4A, Judgment, Blindness, Seeing, Healing, Judgment, Prophet, John 9:1-41, Jesus

Seeing All There is to See – A Sermon on John 9:1-41

Everything about Jesus, his life, his words, his actions, are a judgment on our lives and world. That judgment offers us the chance to see as he sees, to live as he lives, and to be as he is. His judgment, however, is not an adjudication for the purpose of punishment. Rather, it is a diagnosis for the purpose of healing and life. Jesus always casts his judgment with an eye toward change and transformation. Its purpose is to show us the way, the truth, and the life. Continue reading Seeing All There is to See – A Sermon on John 9:1-41

Believing in the Giver of Life

For most of us, I suspect, there are moments when the existential questions of life can no longer be answered, ignored, or denied by focusing on our careers, jobs, marriages, families, acquisitions, or accomplishments. Who am I? What is my purpose? What have I really accomplished? How will I be remembered? Will I even be remembered? Where is all this going and what’s it about?

Some will simply chalk it up to a mid-life crisis or the frustrations and difficulties of life. Others will try to reinvent themselves. In those moments we face our own mortality, the passing of time, and the limitations of this world. That we are finite, biological creatures with a beginning and an end, becomes more clear. These are “spiritual” moments par excellence. At the heart of these moments are our longing and yearning for life, not just life as we know it, more of the same, but a life we can scarcely imagine let alone obtain for ourselves.

Who is the one that will give us that life? What does that life look like? Continue reading “Believing in the Giver of Life”

Widows Prophesying At The City Gate – A Sermon for Proper 5C, Luke 7:11-17

The collect and readings for today, the Second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 5C, may be found here. The sermon below is based on today’s old testament and gospel readings. 1 Kings 17:8-24 The word of the LORD came to Elijah, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he set … Continue reading Widows Prophesying At The City Gate – A Sermon for Proper 5C, Luke 7:11-17