I follow a Lord who managed to reconcile Samaritan and Jew. And I follow a Lord who managed to reconcile Jew and Greek. And I follow the Lord who managed to reconcile woman and man, God and sinners. I believe he can manage to reconcile us. He manages to do it on the cross where he became a servant and Paul goes so far as to use the word slave. He did it on the cross where he became a slave to each and every one of us sinners, though we are. Where the temple of his body is destroyed, but the new temple of his life in the spirits begins, join me. Join me in this life of the spirit because I could use the company.
Sermon for Proper 8, “Justice without retaliation.”
Readings from 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Gal. 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on June 30, 2019.