Sermon for Seventh Pentecost -
By Vicar Julie A. Kelly -
We are always the Sinner who mocks Christ on the cross and the sinner who begs mercy
Always A little cain and a little Abel..
When have we considered that our own children might be the ones we turn away as a disciple when they teach us our use of gender in language hurts? Or that our failure to be honest and open to the gay community about our support or questions has hurt them and left them feeling unloved, unwanted, denied? When have our averted eyes with the overwhelmed mother, the lonely teen, the awkward person in worship, or the beggar on the corner been the moments that Christ would tell each of them to dust off their feet and move on?
Christ sent out 70 disciples in pairs- to be welcomed or turned away. We are all called to be those disciples, but we need to be aware, to be honest, that some days, more than we ever think, we are also the places and spaces that need to welcome the disciples- and not unconsciously, turn them away.
Julie A. Kelly
Vicar - Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Santa Monica, California
Sermon for Seventh Pentecost
Written by Julie A. Kelly
July 3, 2016
Mt. Olive Lutheran, Santa Monica, California