July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

I Could Never Be A Saint, God

Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
Holy Email
Cycle A Second Lesson Sermons for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

Dallas A. Brauninger

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From: KDM
To: God
Subject: Enriched
Message: I could never be a saint, God. Lauds, KDM

The e-mail chats KDM has with God are talks that you or I might likely have with God. Today's e-mail is no exception: I could never be a saint, God. Lauds, KDM. The conversation might continue in the following vein: Just so you know, God, I am very human. Enriched, yes; educated, yes; goal-oriented, yes; high-minded, yes; perfect, no.

You and I hesitate to claim the saintly part of ourselves. Such an acknowledgement would require us to live on a different plane. We see being saintly as an extreme -- as thinking of others before ourselves, a self-denying and sacrificial attitude. Saints, we imagine, possess an essential goodness and humility that result in the quiet realization of equality, justice, and well-being for humankind.

No, we would add, there is little room for sainthood in present-day living. What is essential is my goal to carve out some space for myself. It...

This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 sermon, I Could Never Be A Saint, God, is based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Holy Email. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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