a sermon for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19C)
When a sheep is lost, what happens to the flock?
The Rublev icon of the Trinity has a small rectangle on the table of the Holy Guests. Some scholars believe it once held a tiny mirror, which invited the viewer into community with the three persons of the Trinity.
At the first Pentecost the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples in a blast of wind and fire and suddenly they were able to proclaim the Gospel of all the languages of the world. This is why it has often been called “the birthday of the Church.” But what does that mean for us today?
Jesus rose from the dead today, but it’s our Resurrection Day. So what’s holding us back?
Note: With the pressures of Holy Week and preparation for my sabbatical, I freely admit that this sermon is not my original work. As I note in my introduction, most of this sermon comes from one given by Bishop Andy Doyle, of Texas. His original is here. John Dominic Crossan’s new book can be found here. And Ray Wylie Hubbard’s song can be heard here.
Through Christ, God stands against all the evil forces that seek to destroy us. God stands against the demons that rob us of our identity and our humanity to separate us from God and each other. And just as importantly, God stands against our own efforts to demonize each other.
Imagine the most important final exam any of us will ever take. There’s only one question and its completely open book. And Jesus even gives us the question before hand: how did we treat him? The only catch is that nobody knows what he looks like.