Susy Hessel is a lay preacher at St. Hilda St. Patrick and is a mental health counselor. The manuscript on which her sermon was based is below. Peace!!!!. Peace I give to you….. Peace I ask of you…And Jesus said Peace be with you. Bravery, doubting, risk-taking, believing and questioning. We all do these things …
Month: April 2022
When Paul is writing to the church at Corinth in today’s epistle lesson, he’s not offering platitudes. Paul’s not talking about everything working out in the end or one door closing and a window opening. Paul is writing to the church at Corinth to remind them of the best news there is, the good news of the gospel: Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death and to those in the tombs bestowing life.
Mercy and grace, however are the goodness of the Cross. No matter how good we try to be no matter what kind of behaviors we undertake looking for our own exoneration through our own saving our selves actions there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism. We fall short.
As we’re joined together in this new covenant, living life to life in bread and wine divided among ourselves, we move from fragmentation to togetherness. As we share this meal together, wash one another’s feet, and then share Jesus’ body and blood, we are unified in the Spirit just as we’ve been unified to Jesus’ resurrection in our baptisms. Jesus says that people will know we are his disciples by our love, but yard signs and the Beatles and Lin-Manuel Miranda aren’t changing humanity or bringing us to unity in love. In telling the disciples to love one another, Jesus lays out the mission of the church.
Two parades, two processions. One calling “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” One in silence at a distance, watching what’s going on.
Sam Magill is a coach and poet. He has served on the Bishop’s Committee at St. Hilda St. Patrick and has chaired the stewardship committee. This sermon was preached as a response to the texts for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.