Today’s reading from Luke is typical of Luke in at least three ways. First, Luke (and also Acts, written by the same author) is filled with roads and journeys. Remember Saul on the Damascus road, or the Ethiopian eunuch on the desert road, or the detailed description of Paul’s ocean voyage beginning in Acts 21? Today’s reading takes place on the
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This morning’s sermon is not about the Beatles. This morning’s sermon is about the tension – the creative, dynamic tension – that exists between our interior, contemplative life and the Church’s active mission “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” I am going to say how these two dynamics – contemplative and active – are not at all incompatible, but rather are two lungs through which healthy disciples breathe.
But I am going to begin with the Beatles, two of whose titles tell us about the writings of John and Luke. “The Long and Winding Road” offers an image to help us better understand Luke. “Come Together” (“right now, over me”) gives us an image to better understand John. I’m preaching about these two authors because – as the keen-of-eye may notice – with the exception of the epistle lesson on Easter Day, every one of our scripture lessons during the Easter season comes from either the author of John or Luke. (Remember that the author of Luke is also the author of Acts.) Continue reading →
Today, I’m going to talk about spiritual practices and finding God in our everyday lives. And we’re going to get to talk about these by way of two paintings. The main painting I want to talk about is the one in your order of service, ‘The Servant Girl at Emmaus, by Diego Velazquez, a 16th-century Spanish painter. But I’m not going to begin with that one; rather, as a point of contrast, we’re going to look first at the painting by Rembrandt on the front cover.