We thought that if we were in control, we could make the world a better place, a place that better reflected our wants and values. Instead, we’re no better off than we were before, and we’re probably worse. I see what we’ve done to our world in our attempt to control it, and it infuriates me.
Advent reminds us that we can't stop wars from happening, that we can't prevent people from murdering other people, that we can't cure every disease, that we can't prevent every suffering, that we can't prevent every (or any) natural disaster. Like when we witness a hurricane or a tornado tearing through our feeble human-made constructions, Advent is a time when we are humbled by the fact that so very, very little is really in our control.
Palm/Passion Sunday A Preached at Faith Lutheran Church, Three Lakes, WI. Isaiah 50:4-9 Psalm 131:9-19 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 26:14—27:66 As kids, one of my cousins was known for being particularly competitive. I don't feel bad telling this story, because he admits this himself, and we can all look back on it and laugh. He knows … Continue reading Sermon–April 13, 2014–Palm/Passion Sunday A