Sermon of the week/year

Our retired pastor was expert at weaving more contemporary literature into his sermons, such as …

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.

That whole poem (Yeats’ “The Second Coming”) has been on my mind reading recent posts from my friends on the left and the right.

On any number of issues I have little hope that our president-elect will make good decisions.

Yet. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” After years of stigmatizing the “deplorables’” responses as –phobic, etc., was not a reaction to be expected?

So, with last Sunday’s lessons (Isaiah 65:17ff etc.) I ended up in my sermon first focusing on “Your kingdom come” and then on “Forgive us our sins,” recalling Ben Sira 28:2-4:

Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done,
and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.
Does anyone harbor anger against another,
and expect healing from the Lord?
If one has no mercy toward another like himself,
can he then seek pardon for his own sins?

Deep breath. And perhaps less attention to that very large speck in my neighbor’s eye.


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