Each and every one of you has the power to bring about the miracle of self-sacrifice. You can make self-sacrifice a daily reality. That is a miracle. If I started to see that happen both in myself and in all of your lives, that would truly be a miracle. But this is what Moses discovers. He discovers that in order to become the leader that he’s called to be, in order for Israel to become the community it’s called to be, it’s not going to be based on power. It’s got to be based on self-sacrifice, daily. Now, self-sacrifice is hard. It’s hard, but it’s not impossible because you all know you can do it. It’s hard and we don’t like it and we avoid what we don’t like. But it is possible.
Sermon for Proper 19.
Readings from Exodus 32:7-14; 1 Timothy 12-17; Luke 15:1-10.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on September 15, 2019.