Sermons on loving as giving

Sermons on loving as giving

Proper 8 Year A

The story of God asking Abraham to offer his only and beloved son, Isaac, to be sacrificed as a test of his faith reveals the hard truth that salvation is going to be a costly endeavor. It sets the story of God and our salvation on a trajectory we often resist, namely that there are costs to being faithful. It is more comfortable to believe in a God who is predictable, tame and safe, than to believe in a God who actually demands something of us, who asks us to offer back to God that which is most precious to us, who promises us resurrection, but holds up the way of the cross to get there.

Feast Day of Absalom Jones

John, however, offers us a different challenge. We are to love the ones right in front of us. The ones in the pew beside, behind, or in front of us, the ones we sit next to in the classroom, the ones we share a meal with, the ones we march with, the ones we disagree with, the ones we believe we cannot understand, the ones our hearts have gotten all out of shape about. These are the ones we are to love, as Jesus has loved us, in the fullness of the truth of God’s love and revelation.

5th Sunday of Lent

When we give or receive love gone beautifully wild, when we love without counting costs, when we give extravagantly, when we pour out the ointment of our own lives, lavishly upon someone regardless of their deservedness, a healthy hallowing takes place within our own being. We create not a void nor an empty space, but an open place, which prepares us for the insight God desires to give us, which allows the space for Jesus to rule our hearts, and which transforms us into a translucent alabaster jar, ready to spill out the special ointment of our hearts. When we give love away, we create room for God to show up in our lives.

19th Sunday after Pentecost

In answer to their question, Jesus, immediately and characteristically, shifts the attention from the legalistic, proscriptive stance about the lawfulness of divorce and directs our attention to thinking more broadly about what it is that God intends for all people. So suddenly, we’re all in this conversation about God’s desire for us to be in relationship with each other and what that is to look like.

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus offers us God’s invitation to take a different road.  Losing life to find life.  It’s not a very heavily traveled road because it is difficult, and yet at the same time wondrous. The unexpected lies just beyond each bend – things like grace, beauty, forgiveness, community.

3rd Sunday of Easter

Don’t worry….just give your worries to God and let him take care of them.. It was at that moment that I asked God to come into my life and to please take over admitting both my weakness and fraility. Afterwards for the first time in my life I realized that everything was OK after all. I have discovered that this journey that started almost two years ago is by far the greatest journey of my life. I have learned that it’s not the destination that matters it’s the journey itself. I can’t begin to tell you how my life has evolved and continues to do so every day. There are times I don’t even recognize myself anymore. Don’t worry….just give your worries to God and let him take care of them.. It was at that moment that I asked God to come into my life and to please take over admitting both my weakness and fraility. Afterwards for the first time in my life I realized that everything was OK after all. I have discovered that this journey that started almost two years ago is by far the greatest journey of my life. I have learned that it’s not the destination that matters it’s the journey itself. Don’t worry….just give your worries to God and let him take care of them.. It was at that moment that I asked God to come into my life and to please take over admitting both my weakness and fraility. Afterwards for the first time in my life I realized that everything was OK after all. I have discovered that this journey that started almost two years ago is by far the greatest journey of my life. I have learned that it’s not the destination that matters it’s the journey itself. I can’t begin to tell you how my life has evolved and continues to do so every day. There are times I don’t even recognize myself anymore. I can’t begin to tell you how my life has evolved and continues to do so every day. There are times I don’t even recognize myself anymore.