When you look into a friend’s eye, when you look in a spouse’s eye, and you see love and affirmation reflected there, you’re seeing God justifying you and validating your existence. That’s what a relationship should be, but if you’ve got the glasses of pride on, you won’t see that. Prisoners will be cared for, not ignored. And the money, if you have it, if you have money, it will be used in the service of all of the above. Now, none of this is dependent on me as your leader, as your pastor, and it’s not dependent on any other pastor, but this is the essence of the word of God that I speak to you. This is my faith which I asked you to imitate, and I ask you to imitate that regardless of how my or any other preacher’s life turns out.
Sermon for Proper 17.
Readings from Sirach 10:12-18; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on September 1, 2019.