We aren’t entitled to God’s mercy and grace based on the world’s ideas of self-worth: money, status, clothes, the right school or neighborhood. We are GIVEN God’s mercy and grace because of who God is: the God who created us in love for love.
Being God’s people is about loving as God loves. And this kind of love doesn’t look for loop holes. This kind of love comes from the inward transformation of being in relationship with our loving God.
Jesus’ words are intended to challenge us and provoke us to rethink all that we think we know. Many people, through the centuries to today, decide it’s easier to walk away because the teaching is too difficult, letting a desire for comfort and ease overrule the innate need to be with God.
A sermon preached at Grace Episcopal Church, San Antonio, TX. The Lectionary readings for the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost are here. Like last week, we begin where we ended, repeating the words of Jesus as he says, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever, andContinue reading “Receiving”
A sermon preached at Grace Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas. The Lectionary readings for the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost are here. Are you a picky eater? Are your kids? What do you or your kids absolutely refuse to eat? When my son was little, he ate most anything and everything, except for the one thingContinue reading “Real Life”
We stand in front of Jesus and say ‘how did you get here? You were over there and I need to know where you are so I can find you when I need you.”
And Jesus says to us, “don’t just look for me when you want something. Live with me and you’ll want for nothing.”
A sermon preached at Grace Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas. The Lectionary readings for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost are here. Since I introduced Mark’s version of these two stories last week, instead of retelling of the gospel reading with my usual artistic license and occasional dramatic flourish, I want to share with you aContinue reading “Distractions”
God is always with us whether we see God at work in this world or we choose not to. When we choose to see God in everyone at all times and in all places, we learn to see through the eyes of compassion as Jesus sees and our worldview is interrupted.
The stories Mark gives us about Jesus’ teaching and ministry are just the beginning of the good news. And we are the continuation of that story; we are still living in God’s story. We are the instruments through which God reveals the Kingdom on earth so that others see a different way to live, the life we are all created to live.
Jesus teaches that our roots, our foundation, our citizenship if you will, aren’t to be planted in the institutions of this world but in God’s Kingdom on earth, the Kingdom that Jesus tells us is at hand, right here among us because the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven IS us.