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March 31, 2019

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Sermon for the Last Sunday after Epiphany

March 3, 2019

Exodus 34:29-35                                        Psalm 99          

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2                                Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)        


     One morning a fellow finds himself standing at the Pearly Gates.  St. Peter explains that it’s not easy to get into heaven.  There are some criteria that must be met before entry is allowed.  For example, was the man a churchgoer?  No? St. Peter tells him that’s not good.  Was he generous, giving money to the poor or to charities?  No?  St. Peter tells him this too is bad.  Did he do any good deeds, such as helping his neighbor?  Anything?  No?  St. Peter is becoming concerned.  Exasperated, he says, “Look, everybody does something nice sometime.  Work with me – I’m trying to help.  Think!”  The man thinks for a minute, then says, “Oh – I did help this little old lady once.  I came out of a store and saw that a dozen Hell’s Angels had taken her purse and were shoving her around.  I threw down my bags and got her purse back, then called biggest biker a coward and spat in his face.”  St. Peter is impressed.  “When did this happen?”  The man replied, “Oh, about fifteen minutes ago.”

        Isn’t that what James and John and especially Peter want to do – to stand for something – to hold onto something, to remember the sacredness of the moment.  Isn’t that what we all want