“Give to Caesar what has Caesar’s image,” he says, “and give to God what bears God’s image.”
Perhaps a simplistic faith is simply incapable of holding both challenge and the idol of one-dimensional God, not unlike the Golden Calf – a God we can create, see, carry, and control.
[Preached on Sunday, September 17, 2017 (Proper 19, Year A) at Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles – Minneapolis, MN]. Then Peter came and said… Read more “Sermon: The Practice of Forgiveness”
We are being challenged to recover the heart of mission that is at the center of our faith – a willingness to enter the vocation of compassionate servanthood for the world around us.
What if Exodus is less about us being like Moses and more about us following the blessed steps of Shiprah and Puah, Jocheved, Miriam, and Pharaoh’s daughter?
O God whom we have forgotten, help us to remember.
Through the eyes of Peter, James, and John we see a post-Resurrection-Jesus pre-crucifixion. Like poetry, the Transfiguration bends time and space and begs us to ask deep questions about who Jesus really is.
He looked at his reflection in a passing shop window and remembered that he had on his clerical collar. It annoyed him how vulnerable that made him to random conversations with complete strangers. He walked over, begrudgingly.
The Kingdom of God is often found in smallness and simplicity that invites each of us to see that even the most mundane events and the most ordinary people bear the image of God.
Rituals can be important touchstones on the journey of faith, markers that help us to grope our way through the darkness, but they aren’t ends to themselves. Prayer is a way of life. In fact, prayer is the way to life.