Halloween's tradition of shadowy characters makes it as good a time as any to think on the reality of evil, sin and death that besets us.
Season after Pentecost | 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; (Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34:15-22;) Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69
People are surrounded by dehumanizing forces and discouraging lies. Preachers should name these—and replace them with wearable forms of truth.
This year, as many years before, I planned my summer vacation schedule with this stretch of lectionary readings from John 6 in mind. I suspect I am not alone. Five straight weeks of chewing on the bread of life is just a little more than most of us Protestants can stomach. I’m not sure I have that many sermons on the subject in me. So please take my reflections here with a grain of salt. I’ll share with you what I can, but then I’m off to the airport.