And this is not something we want to hear. It means that we, too, are responsible for our communal sins, even if we as individuals haven’t committed them.
Responsibility is a huge theme in our culture. It's an essential part of the script we're given. Everyone is responsible for his or her own actions, choices, and life.
But unfortunately, today is Ash Wednesday, a day that reminds us that not only are we literally dust of the ground, fated to return to that same dust when we die, but in the grand scheme of things we are less than a speck of dust compared to the universe.
We don't always have a choice whether or not to confront our brokenness and humanity. But far from being a curse, there is a blessing here.
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