I’m no sooner to blame every malady in the world on demons than I am to call every minor inconvenience a cross to bear. But what if we were to see that there are powers that seek to corrupt and destroy the creatures of God? I think we may well only be able to answer Jesus’ call and believe in his authority if we believe in his authority over something.
Jesus’ call to us, is the same as the call to these four: Repent, and believe the good news. The Kingdom of God has come near. What does that mean? It means looking for and noticing, all good gifts from God. It means paying attention to when we’re stirred up beyond our typical human selfishness, seeing light in the darkness, Jesus triumphing over sin and death even as we’re surrounded by it.
Jesus doesn’t tell those he calls, “Okay go figure it out.” Rather, Jesus says, “Follow me” with the assurance that there is a there there.
Valerie Kelley is an educator and the senior warden at St. Hilda St. Patrick. The text for her sermon was Mark 1.4-11 and was based on the below manuscript. It’s been a long week. It’s been a long year. I’m angry, fed up, and distracted right now. I don’t know how to go forward or
The sermon for Sunday, January 3rd, 2021, was written by the Rt. Rev. Frank Logue. Bishop Logue is the Bishop of Georgia. Tiffany Smith, a past warden and active leader at St. Hilda St. Patrick, read this sermon. This sermon was made available by Sermons that Work, a ministry of The Episcopal Church. The only