Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Adults, children, dogs. It was the assumed hierarchy in today’s gospel reading. Adults, children, dogs. At best, it was Jesus’s metaphor to get the unnamed Syrophoenician woman to go away. Adults, children, dogs. At its worst, it was a racial slur as “dogs” was a commonplace derogatory term applied to a Gentile outsider…

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s readings both present a choice. In the Gospel reading, Jesus addressed the twelve disciples after many of his disciples had left him. Jesus asked, “Do you also wish to go away?” Jesus presented a choice­–to go or to stay. In the first reading, Joshua presented the choice regarding whom the tribes of Israel will serve­–the Lord or something else. Choices…