Growing in prayer is not simply acquiring a set of special spiritual skills. It is growing into Christian humanity.
Epiphany | Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37
I played competitive tennis as a teenager. At one point, a new player started working with my coach. He was a natural athlete—quick, agile, and well coordinated. I was impressed. My coach was not. He said, “That kid will never be any good.”
The story of Jesus, at least the way John tells it, begins unspectacularly. “There was a man sent by God, and his name was John.” What does John do for a living? He is a preacher. We can’t get to Jesus without going through a witness, no epiphany without preaching.
Dan Savage exegetes rules about relationships with the precision of a rabbi or canon lawyer. Pastors should pay attention.