Ordinary Times

Sermons for Ordinary Times

A Sermon for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (29/08/21): You Can’t Catch Sin

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Jesus says:It is what comes out of a person that defiles. To begin with hand washing seems like an odd thing to get into a dispute over. But it does looks like the disagreement between Jesus and the Pharisees, and it is a very forceful disagreement indeed, it looks like the …

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A Sermon for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (22/08/21): Not Against Blood and Flesh

Ephesians 6:10-20 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the forces of evil in heavenly places. Paul at the point at which he was writing to the church in Ephesus was in prison. He was …

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A Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (15/08/21): Munch My Flesh, Gulp My Blood

John 51-58 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. Cannibalism is a universal human taboo. Eating human flesh offends and horrifies everyone. It is the domain of the deranged killer. The Hannibal Lectors of fiction and their very rare real …

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A Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (08/08/21): Be Imitators of God

Ephesians 4:24-5:2 There are two questions that are essential to religion. They are: the theological question, and the the ethical question. There are two questions which any religion must provide an answer to. First: What is God like? That is the theological question. And second: How should we live? That is the ethical, or moral …

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A Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (01/08/21): I am the bread of life

John 6:24-35 Overnight there has been something of a game of cat and mouse. Jesus had slipped away from the crowd , who earlier in the day he had fed miraculously from five barley loaves and and two fish. The crowd had been so impressed with what they had seen Jesus do that they were …

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A Sermon for the Last Sunday before Advent (22/11/20): When the Son of Man Comes

  When the Son of Man Comes Matthew 25:31-46 This is the end of Jesus’ teaching ministry. Three years of wandering and three years of speaking to everyone who would listen reaches its climax here. This is the completion of everything he has tried to reveal. Jesus pictures “the Son of Man” coming in glory. He takes up the …

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A Sermon for the Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (15/11/20): Theology Matters!

 Theology Matters! Matthew 25:14-30 The Parables of the Talents is an odd parable. It is something of an outlier in Jesus’ story telling. It seems out of place. It is odd because it appears to run counter to most of what Jesus teaches elsewhere. The conclusion seems particularly troublesome: For to those who have more will be given and …

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A Sermon for the Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost (08/11/20): Keep Awake! You Foolish Bridesmaids

  Keep awake! You foolish bridesmaids Matthew 25:1-13 Christianity is a religion of looking forward! Perhaps it is hard for people sometimes to recognise that. Much of our talk is, of course, about event that took place 2000 years and more ago. But all of those events, in fact, have a bearing on the future. …

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A Sermon for All Saints Day (01/11/20): White in the Blood of the Lamb

  White in the Blood of the Lamb Revelation 7:9-17 These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. On All Saints Day we might ask: “Who are the saints?” Perhaps a slightly facetious answer might be: “Someone …

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A Sermon for the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost (25/10/20): The Last Two Questions

The Last Two Questions Matthew 22:34-46  Something is happening in Jerusalem. It is one of those moments when everyone knows that a crisis is coming. Like one of those hot heavy afternoons, when the air feels thick, close and dense, that can only end in a thunderstorm before evening. Jesus arrived in the city on …

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