Posts by katherinesedwick

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on July 11, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jul 11, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Mark’s story today is odd in several ways; it’s told as a flashback (which is unusual), Jesus is completely absent from the story, someone not about to be healed dies, and it resists containment in any one moral lesson box, just as parables do, which is how Mark tells this. Parabolē is Greek, combining bolē ‘throwing’ and para ‘alongside.’ I’m not saying it’s a parable of Jesus, only that Mark is using that form to lay out a scene people will try to understand themselves as part of; he throws (bolé) the Kingdom of God Jesus proclaims and embodies, alongside (para) life in a world utterly without it.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on July 4, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jul 4, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

We come to this Independence Day, on the heals of federal recognition of “Juneteenth National Independence Day” and I give thanks for the wideness of respect and honor these days stand for. This year especially reminds one of how history shapes us all, and how powerful a role human authorship plays. Although secular holidays, both also illustrate how we are never ‘independent’ of God. We can be both proud of and ashamed of specific aspects of our heritage and history, including these two great days. But, it is in going back before all of it, to origins predating any nationality, that we know our common ancestry in God our Creator. In this we are all kin.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on June 27, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jun 27, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The story we hear from Mark today is so detailed it makes Matthew’s account sound like a different story altogether. That richness makes it easier to see it, to place ourselves on the shore in the crowd, watching his boat coming in. So consciously release those storybook pictures from childhood that now makes it seem too long ago to be relevant, and too simple a ‘moral to the story’ to inquire of it now. Instead, hear it as to place your self at that lake, among friends and strangers both. These are people just like you and me, who stand in line or steal the covers, who sweat and laugh and grieve and get sick of what they cannot fix.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on June 6, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jun 6, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The readings this week lead me to think that maybe Creator God and God in Christ had some serious anger issues. Adam and Eve hear God “walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze” as if a repeating idyllic occurrence between them. It calls to mind the sheep who know the Good Shepherd’s voice, and the Shepherd who knows and calls them by name. This time is different because their prevailing feeling is shame instead of affectionate welcome. They hide because in disobeying God, they now see their nakedness.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 30, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 30, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons, Trinity Sunday

Nicodemus is called The Patron Saint of the Curious; particularly those curious about Jesus. Nicodemus wants to believe and yet struggles. He comes with a mind clear about Jesus coming from God. It’s the sort of clarity that’s only from the neck up though. When Jesus begins to speak with him he’s confused because he takes Jesus literally. Born from above? Born again? How could that be? The distinction between the ‘world’ and ‘above’ is significant, and it’s in the tension between contradictions or opposite poles that John’s gospel often invites us to explore and enrich our faith. Like Nicodemus coming by dark of night to learn from the one who is the Light of the World. John’s use of contrast to make a point continues; the word kosmos or ‘world’ most often means those forces opposed to God, some term it ‘the God-hating world,’ and suggesting that in John’s gospel you can often replace ‘world’ with that phrase.

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