Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Last Third) Cycle C
On All Saints' Sunday there is a pastor who likes to take a camera into the pulpit with her. She tells the congregation that she wants some snapshots of modern, living saints. Not artists' conceptions of long-ago saints with old-fashioned clothes and halos around their heads -- but today-saints. Then she snaps pictures (with flash) of the entire congregation, from left-to-right.
The congregation is startled the first time, because they have heard of Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, and Saint John -- but the people here in church today?
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.