The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Do we really understand what we are doing when we gather here and bat words back and forth: “The Lord be with you,” I say. And you respond: “And also with you.” Do we think about what we ask – who it is we invite to come among us when we’re in here – as if the Almighty awaits our invitation?
We chatter about God’s ways as if we have some great wisdom and experience. Speeches end in: “God bless America;” and we all feel warm and safe wrapped in God. I wonder if we are doing that God would want to bless – and what would God want us to change? Ever hear prayers for God to grant a football team a win? I’ve tried it – and my team still loses. Might God have bigger concerns? We pray for heaven’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Do you really want that? What would be different for us? Would we share more so others could enjoy more heaven here? We pray to a God who sends a Savior telling us to forgive enemies. Is that really practical? We could get shot and overrun while we take time to forgive enemies.