Season after Pentecost | 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 (Psalm 15); James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 | Semi-continuous first reading: Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9)
We love to look at people and judge them on the basis of what we see. We looked at Lance Armstrong and saw a guy who beat cancer and won Tour de France titles. We saw Bill Cosby as a barrier-breaking comedian and father figure.
I don’t know about you, but I find it challenging to preach on non-narrative texts. It’s easy to make a good story from the Gospels or the Old Testament come alive in a sermon. It’s a lot harder to do that with a theological treatise, so I tend to neglect preaching on the epistles.