Posts by katherinesedwick

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Oct. 17, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Oct 17, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

A staunch atheist taught my undergrad Philosophy of Religion class. He challenged students to question andto think ever more deeply, which often led me into moments of personal revelation. One lecture edged into a rant against Christianity saying something like, Do you know what they hang on their walls and around their necks? An instrument of torturous execution! Some even have the body nailed to it—how sick is that!? I reaching for the cross around my neck, silently scrutinizing its symbolism to me, and wondering why I didn’t find it repellant. He closed the lecture by likening the cross to an ornamental electric chair or lethal injection syringe. He certainly challenged me… and one of us was missing the point.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Oct. 10, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Oct 10, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

A man of wealth asks Jesus about eternal life in our reading from Mark today, he’s also in Matthew and Luke, though with significant differences. One critical message is that Mark tells us, “Jesus, looking at him, loved him.” None of the other accounts include this declaration. Furthermore, he is the only person in Mark’s gospel of whom this is said. This one phrase carries a vital truth; the failure to give with a generous heart or even to cut loose from something else which binds us, does not make anyone less deserving of Jesus’ love. Though to do so brings us to more fully embody and multiply that love.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 26, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Sep 26, 2021 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The celebration of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels dates back to the 12th Century in the Western Church, and all the way back to the 4th century in the Eastern Church. Our patronal feast day survived numerous purgings of the church calendar, and so it remains. We honor what points the way to Christ, and helps us understand the angels’ place in our world. So, I’ve been thinking about how we see the Archangel Michael, and ‘all angels,’ about what we receive and learn from them. Personally I shrink back a bit from the more fearsome depictions and stories of him, perhaps because I don’t warm to the idea of images of violence in God’s service. And yet…I think I’ve been wrong. In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis asks, “To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?” So how do we look at him?

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 18, 2021

Posted by on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 in Burial Rite, Sermons

“That sounds like Bud!” Those were June’s words as we chose today’s readings. Indeed they do. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.” Classic Bud. Maybe not in those words exactly, but he carried that sense of God’s steadfast love with him, even his steps processing in with the choir had a purposefulness to them, as if to say, ‘Ah, this is what we do, this is whose we are.’

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 12, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Sep 12, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Very little in our faith journey is a smooth trajectory in ramping up. We likely have mountains and valleys, long desert periods when we feel forgotten by God, followed by that feeling that everything we do and learn and see converges into beautiful sacred sense with blinding brilliance. Even the unexpected things fit in teaching us Jesus’ Way and who we are. Peter is right there today—after all this time he gets it; Jesus is the Messiah! From that mountain the next valley is really more of a cliff-drop. He misunderstands Jesus’ predictions, gets soundly rebuked even, and later will hit bottom realizing he’s denied and deserted Jesus when he deeded him most. Our faith lives can rise and fall, surge greatly and other times doubt and stall.

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