This Caananite woman could be anyone. She could be the mother in Gaza or in Israel calling for an end to violence and a lasting peace so that her child can be released from the torment of growing up with one eye always toward the sky. She could be the mother waiting with her children to be sent back to a life of violence and hunger when just beyond the walls of her detention center there are tables overflowing with food, and plenty of scraps and more to be shared. 9720539-largeShe could be the mother marching in the streets, scrubbing blood off the sidewalk, weeping for her son. She could be your neighbor here in Logan Square, fighting for an affordable apartment in a zip code where condos sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, wondering if there isn’t still a crumb to be shared with her family as well.
Texts: Genesis 25:19-34 + Psalm 119:105-112 + Romans 8:1-11 + Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 As we continue to work our way through the book of Genesis this summer, this morning’s tale begins with rather ominous words. We left off last week with Abraham’s servant being sent to find a wife for his son, Isaac. This week that … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, July 13, 2014: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: Genesis 24:34-38,42-49,58-67 + Psalm 45:10-17 + Romans 7:15-25a + Matthew 11:16-19,25-30 An unknown man walks into your hometown and offers to take you away from your family, away from your country, to another land and another group of people. He discusses the offer with your parents, who seem willing to let you go but … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, July 6, 2014: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost