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I Read the Harvard Business Review During Sermon Prep...And, Other Interesting Facts About This Sermon

Proper 11B, Pentecost 8, July 19th, 2015  Readings here
He had compassion for them. 
This is the sentence I keep coming back to in today’s Gospel.
He had compassion for them.  
And, isn’t that what we long for.
Compassion.
To have another person express empathy and understanding in response to our own need.   
And, isn’t that what the world asks of us.
To be the kind of person who is able to express empathy and understanding in response to the needs of another.  
He had compassion for them.  
He had compassion for them, compassion grounded in his own humanity, compassion grounded in knowing what pain is, knowing what suffering is, of feeling hunger and thirst and the experience of sickness.  
Jesus could imagine their need because he’d felt their need.
And, this then, becomes our faith. A God who can imagine and respond to our need because God has felt our need. A God whose relationship with us is grounded in both passion and compassion.
In passion, calling us ever beyond ourselves, …

Another Justice Sermon...Still Not Done.

Proper 9B, Readings found here
"As Long as I Know Myself to Be a Coward"
“Then, if you don’t mind, I’ll go with you,” said the Lion, “for my life is simply unbearable without a bit of courage.”? “You will be very welcome,” answered Dorothy, “for you will help to keep away the other wild beasts.  It seems to me they must be more cowardly than you are if they allow you to scare them so easily.” “They really are,” said the Lion: “but that doesn’t make me any braver, and as long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy.”
-L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz 1856-1919
Was there a time in your life when you had to be brave? 
All they had was a staff and sandals.
And, so they began the journey.  
Speaking truth to power.
Proclaiming love and casting out unclean spirits.
Was there a time when you were brave because there was no other choice?
All they had was a staff and sandals...
And down the dusty roads they went.  
Proclaiming truth to those willing to hear it.  
Was there a t…