Sermons from October 2018

Sermons from October 2018

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost We’ve all heard the advice about buying real estate—it’s all about location, location, location. Well, turns out it’s also a good rule in biblical interpretation. Anybody who’s interested in knowing the deeper meaning of a biblical text can benefit a great deal by looking around its scriptural neighborhood. And this morning’s gospel reading is a good example of that. At first glance, the story of Jesus and Bartimaeus looks like a typical healing story.  Jesus helps…

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Proper 24B18 I have a question for you.  How do you define a fulfilled life? What I mean is, what is it about your life that, when all is said and done, will leave you feeling “satisfied”, “successful”, or “complete?” I ask this because we are now into our 7th year together as pastor and parish, and I’ve been wondering about how we all as a congregation feel about how we’re doing with defining our purpose. How…

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Our readings this morning are all about judgment and redemption—or, more specifically, our wrongful doings and God’s judgment of our actions and forgiveness of our wrongful doings.  In a slight twist on this theme, our Gospel readings are about a young man who comes to Jesus with what he thinks is a deep and challenging question about forgiveness: “Good Teacher,” he says, “what must I do to get into heaven?”  In other words, what must I do…

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (observed)

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (observed) In our beloved Grace Cathedral stands a beautiful statue of St. Francis of Assisi by Benjamin Bufano.  The posture of Francis in that statue is in the shape of a Tau cross. Tau is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet and was used symbolically in the Old Testament as a sign to admonish the people to be faithful to God throughout their lives. Those who remained faithful throughout their lives were called the…