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A Grace We Cannot Own – Br. Sean Glenn
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Zechariah 8:20-23 :: Psalm 87 :: Luke 9:51-56
This evening’s lections highlight for us a very important paradox about what we might call “the Religious world-view.” In our readings from the Hebrew Bible, both Zechariah and the Psalmist remind us that the beauty and goodness of religion have the power to bring people into a relationship with the Divine. Surely, this is true for just about every one of us here, whether we call ourselves religious or not. Both biblical authors imagine for us a context where the abundant beauty and goodness of God become so incarnated in the life and worship of God’s people that the people of the world will long for nothing more than to enter into that life.
Peoples shall yet come, the inhabitants of many cities; the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Come, let us go to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.’ … In those days ten men from nations of every language shall take hold of a Jew, grasping his garment and saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’
Glorious things are spoken of you *
O city of our God.
Four Aces – Br. Mark Brown
Zech. 8:20-23; Psalm 87; Luke 9:51-56
This evening we’ve been dealt four aces. The reading from the Hebrew Scriptures is about Jerusalem. The Psalm we heard is about Jerusalem. The Gospel is about Jerusalem. And next week I’m going to Jerusalem. So it looks like we are to reflect on the Gospel through the lens of Jerusalem. Read More