Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
August 11, 2019
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 25, 2019

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost


I’ll bet you all are wondering how I’m going to preach this, aren’t you? Bob did a great job reading the gospel but it’s one of those where when you get to the end you want to say, “The gospel of the Lord??” I think that the lectionary tries to get out some of the difficult texts out of the way before summer officially ends and before people start coming back from vacation. But in today’s gospel, Jesus seems to say some things that from a certain light, no one gets the rest of what we know about Jesus. We know that he is called the Prince of Peace. We know that he teaches his disciples to turn the other cheek. We know that he preaches forgiveness in all things. And yet today, Jesus talks about the fire that he came to bring to the earth. Fire! A symbol of the holy spirit, which he does indeed bring, but also a symbol which connotes destruction and chaos. [To hear the entire sermon, click on the arrow above.]