A Sermon for Lent V - April 7, 2019
Christ Church, Milford
The Bible should, most definitely, be taken seriously - but not literally. The Bible tells us that a snake spoke to Eve in the Garden of Eden, but we know that only the snake in Harry Potter talks. The Bible also calls Jesus the door but he wasn't hinged and made of wood.
Some of the Bible is allegory, some is parabale, and much of it is poetry, but language is insufficient to contain the truth or descrbe the deep mystery that it God.
Language can only point to truth; poetry can only hint at the fullness of God.
During Holy Week we are going to be reading directly from scripture in church, each of us taking parts, so much so that you might think that, if we simply follow the rules set forth in parts of scripture, we’ll live ‘happily ever after’.
Well, think again. Even Paul says he counts all those things as “rubbish”.
You may have also discovered that I am an veritable font of useless information about the church in general and the Anglican Communion and Episcopal Church in particular which will neither get me a seat on the cross town bus nor a seat in heaven. It will, however – at least I hope – keep us entertained until Jesus comes back.
It is six days to the celebration of Passover in Jerusalem
Jesus had performed a miracle on the Sabbath.
There’s an awful lot going on here, beyond the cultural norms of the day.
Yes, it was the practice, in ancient Israel, to offer a basin of water for guests to wash their feet, especially before a meal. It was considered an act of hospitality.
It will be Judas who betrays Jesus. Judas, who is concerned about breaking the rules, will betray the best parts of his relationship with Jesus – the generosity, the compassion, the kindness, the devotion of Jesus who risks his life by breaking the rules to save his friend.
Sometimes, in order to keep the great commandment of Jesus, you have to live the irony of breaking a few rules. In order to see new life, you have to live the paradox and let the old stuff die.