Jesus: Pastor, Prophet, and Poet

Sermon Summary for Sunday, September 24th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Kelley Dial

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Jesus tells us the story of the workers and their wages.  On a superficial level, most of us are made uncomfortable as the generous landowner pays those who worked only a short time the same amount as those who worked all day.  Human nature causes us to put ourselves in the place of the worker who toils for many hours and we believe the late arriving workers are unjustly enriched.  Jesus, however, means for us to go beyond the superficial, to reject an existence written in, as Bishop Wright puts it, "cold, scared, prose". 

Jesus provides a different, counter-intuitive mindset.  He removes us from our narrow, self-centered perspective and helps us zoom out and see the entire landscape.  He takes us from prose to poetry and poetry is what we remember when we think on a "soul" level.  On that level, Jesus urges us to think in terms of generosity to all, to live out our Baptismal Covenant as we "respect the dignity of every human being" - not just in thought but in deeds.  In eloquent, poetic, God-like deeds.

Thanks be to God,

Kelley Dial