Touching base back at Isaiah again, the lectionary reinforces God’s hope to restore and rebuild his people if they put economic oppression of others, conflicts, and hypocritical spirituality away. That’s right, you can’t love God without loving your neighbor.
As we start Advent, Psalm 122 is placed within our readings, to encourage to gather, to do so joyfully, and to seek the good of those in God’s household both in prayer and action. May we ready our hearts for our Coming King!
In serving two church’s, when the bishop is at one church, you still need to preach at the other. This provides a neat chance to compare and contrast how two different people approach the same Gospel lesson. The good thing to note, we both agree on the necessity of a vibrant faith and a deep sense of humility in following Jesus.
My sermon (St Bartholomew’s):
My bishop’s sermon (St Francis):
In Colossians 2, we discover that our Lord doesn’t want us to be bound up in spirituality that doesn’t work. No matter how hard we try to be good, how much we try to whip up devotion, no matter how many extras we add to our to our life beyond God’s command to love – the only way to begin (and continue!) to experience the abundant, resurrection life of Christ is to take hold of the baptismal promise we have by means of a living, active trust in Jesus. May we all tap into God’s best for us as we learn to live by faith instead of mere human effort.
Continuing through Galatians, in chapter 5 we discover what true spiritual freedom is – walking according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. I pray that you might cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in order to be truly spiritual and genuine free.
As you read and reflect on the gift of the Spirit on this Feast of Pentecost, my prayer is that the fullness of Christ’s gift would fill with all the good things our Heavenly Father has in store for for you.