Sermons by “The Rev. Canon Victor Lee Austin, Ph.D.”
Jesus “set his face” to go to Jerusalem, which is a key to understanding almost all of Luke’s gospel: the point of Jesus’ life was to go to the place of his death, resurrection, and ascension. But how did the people know Jesus’ face was set? How could they tell? Faces are like sacraments: outward and visible signs of something that’s inward and spiritual and deep.
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.