You actually know how to show mercy because all of you want mercy so desperately for yourselves. You know what mercy is when you receive it — and you have received it — so why won’t you turn around and give it? Why? Is it because your hearts are covered in a callus that is fast becoming a skin made of stone? Let God circumcise that for you. Let him cut that callus off. Let him roll that stone away. That is resurrection. There is a powerful force for good at work in your lives, and his name is God.
Sermon for Proper 10.
Readings from Deut. 30:9-14; Col. 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on July 14, 2019.