Sermons from March 2013

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On the Day When Jesus Calls Your Name

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14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him & cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).”

“A Piece of Bread” and Our Potential for Betrayal

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Dynamic: The power of secure affection
1It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.

Q: What does it mean to know that Christ loves you to the very end of your life – regardless?

The Power of Desire Embedded In Our Hearts

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Two juxtaposed opposites that are really different expressions of the same capacity for desire:
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
St. Augustine, 354-430, Bishop of Hippo, North Africa: The Confessions

“…the word ‘lust’ is taken to include normal interest in sex…”
US Supreme Court, in Washington-state case Brockett V. Spokane Arcades, 1985

What is Jesus doing here in these two passages that form our scripture for this morning?
Engaging in the same juxtaposition of seeming opposites:
1. Desiring God the Creator – love – the ancient Old Testament commandments summarized in two that that include the heart, the inner core person;
2. Desiring what God has made, creation – lust – Making it clear that the heart, the inner core person, is where God has placed our capacity for a desire that can be distorted.