Transfiguration Sunday
February 23, 2020
Second Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020

First Sunday in Lent

 

I want to begin today by talking about two films. The first, one of my favorites for many years now: Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray. In Groundhog Day, a cynical news weatherman is sent on an assignment to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festival. And miraculously, he ends up stuck, in the same day, living the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over again. He’s placed in this sort of purgatory until he learns what is important about life and what isn’t. But at one of his low points, he finds himself drunk in a bowling alley with two of the town’s locals who are trying to cheer him up. And as he is reflecting on his predicament, he says, “What would you do if you were stuck in the same place and every day was exactly the same and nothing you did mattered?” To which one of the locals responds, “That just about sums it up for me.” [To hear the entire sermon, click on the arrow above.]