There is a hidden life at work in Christians. It is a life that truly does not know what it means to sin, because it does not know what sin is. It is the life of Christ, or, as Paul puts it, “Christ who is your life” (emphasis added). This secret life was hidden from the Teacher, who was probably King Solomon himself, that wise old king who had seen everything under the sun during his reign in Jerusalem. It was certainly hidden from the Rich Fool. All the both of them knew was that the visible vanity of the world was as good as dead: like those ill-fated passengers on the Titanic, already as good as dead, even as they boarded the ship, whether their ticket was stamped First Class or steerage.
Sermon for Proper 13.
Readings from Eccl. 1:2, 1:12-14, 2:18-23; Col. 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on August 4, 2019.