October 17, 2021: The Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. This sermon was preached as a response to Mark 10.32-45. It was preached extemporaneously based on the notes below.

  • Sounds familiar, repetition
  • Setting, prediction, misunderstanding, teaching on discipleship
  • Road to Jerusalem. Will die.
  • No argument! Still don’t get it
  • We don’t get it. Outside impacts church -> budget, Average Sunday Attendance. Christians -> Best, #1
  • Taking up cross? Dying to self? Welcoming marginalized? Rejecting wealth? Trusting Jesus like children?
  • Amazed and afraid, but don’t try to talk out.
  • Don’t know asking.
  • Chiefly in showing mercy and pity for power
  • James and John say they can face baptism and cup — they will
  • Even in misunderstanding, Jesus doesn’t give up
  • God shows power w/ mercy & pity — on all disciples, who don’t earn it. God just loves us. All of us.
  • Even when we’re afraid, even when we don’t trust, even when we’re amazed
  • Jesus doesn’t rebuke James and John -> he reorients them to his reign made near.
  • Jesus calls us back to him, showing power with mercy and pity, inviting us to do the same.

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