Sermons by “The Rev. Canon Victor Lee Austin, Ph.D.”
Hold off judgment: in the parable of the prodigal son, that no one tells that son he is a sinner. It is only he who says it of himself. And at that moment, he has hope for a way back–and grace appears even beyond his hope.
If you want to begin again, you can, you can do it any day and every day. Give thanks to God. That thanksgiving will lead you to love, and that love will lead you to action grounded in the hope that is in Christ Jesus, who will come again.
Manna in the wilderness was God’s way of shaping his people (1) to trust in him daily, and (2) to remember him through the shape of the week. In Jesus, God is forming us as his people similarly, to ask him for our daily bread, and to receive Eucharist weekly, so that we don’t forget.
Baptism is the biggest thing because it ties us to God, who is strange. He talks (he won’t shut up) and he blows in human life, propelling us to the end, which he is.