We have well-known text this morning—we’ve heard it many times before.
It’s a Gospel lesson that is sometimes understood to mean that Christians ought to be passive in the face of harm or injustice--
Because it’s right there in black and white, isn’t it?
Happy Pentecost. And Happy Baptism Day. And, Happy Sundaes on Sunday Day, and a Happy End of the Program Year to us all--This is indeed a celebratory Sunday at All Saints’--
A culmination of another year spent together in study, prayer, service and connection--
A year spent together as CHURCH. Being Church. Doing Church.
The Church, after all, is not just a building of brick and mortar. It’s not merely a place you go—and then leave--
The CHURCH is you and me and all of us together--
A Lesson in Chutzpah. Or, How to Be Fearless Like the Syrophoenician Woman and Change the World: Mark 7:24-37
Today’s Gospel Lesson from Mark is a lesson about Chutzpah.
Chutzpah is the personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others.
Chutzpah is not the same as charisma—it’s not polish or savviness or charm or being well connected—its synonym is Fearlessness (1):
As in, The Syrophoenician woman in today’s Gospel story has a lot of Chutzpah.
Did you hear it? That terrifying verse in Mark’s Gospel warning us against the eternal sin for which there is no forgiveness?
My Sermons (and other thoughts)
a sampling of sermons preached in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and a sprinkling of other writings