Cycle B Gospel Text Sermons for Pentecost First Third
Some things never seem to change. Two thousand years ago when Jesus arrived on the scene, there was a crisis of political and religious leadership. Touching base with his own scripture tradition and that of his listeners, Jesus said that the people were like sheep without a shepherd. Those simple words described the enormously complex and confusing situation of the day. Those in charge of church and state had been negligent in their duties. They had put themselves before the people they were called to serve.
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.