Look How You Listen
Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15
from the book
Fringe, Front and Center
Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Middle Third)
George W. Hoyer
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The whole of today's gospel seems to be about John the Baptist. His death sentence was issued by Herod. His head was taken by a soldier of the guard. It was presented to Herodias on a platter and finally reached her mother who gloated over her revenge on the Baptizer.
Not to take anything else from John, still, the lesson today might be said to be not so much about John as it is about us. It is about us and how we hear. The dramatic and tragic details are all about the beheading of John the Baptist, but, it seems, Mark supplies that account only to explain Herod's reaction to what he was hearing about Jesus. That is the clue that today's message for us might well be what our Lord himself once said: "Take heed how ye hear." Look how you listen. Use your head to listen or you may lose more than your life.
Consider all this once again ...
This Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 sermon, Look How You Listen, is based on Mark 6:14-29 and relates to Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Fringe, Front and Center. 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. ...