Sermons by “Fr. John Sundara”
Character is no accident. God gives us character through his grace. Yet it is also a grace that God works in us through discipline. I don’t know about you, but the word discipline often sounds harsh to me. How can God love us and discipline us? Yet, Hebrews flips that question: how can God love us and not discipline us? And it’s this discipline that shapes our character.
The parable of the Rich Fool is one of Jesus’ most memorable parables on the sin of covetousness. It all begins when a man interrupts Jesus about a will dispute after Jesus has set his face steadfastly to Jerusalem. But it seems rather extreme for Jesus to spend a lot of time denouncing this one sin. Isn’t covetousness after all the tenth and last commandment, far back on the list of do’s and don’ts? Yet covetousness interrupts us as we follow Christ. So, what’s the antidote? The cross of Christ!
In Genesis, there’s the famous story of Abraham bargaining God down from judging Sodom and Gomorrah. And his questions to God—“wilt thou judge the righteous with the wicked? Wilt thou not spare the wicked for the sake of the righteous?”—echoes throughout the pages of Scripture and even into our hearts. Yet, God finally answers Abraham, but not in a way that we would imagine. And God’s answers has to do with the Cross of Christ.
We live in a world where everything can happen at the snap of a finger. Does this make us more impatient, less patient people? Yet, Abraham’s story is all about learning the art of waiting well. What can he teach us about waiting in faith, until the end? And what hope can we find in the Eucharist?
Many of us are understandably reticent about evangelism. Yet, the images of evangelism we have, and God’s description of Christ-loving and Christ-honoring evangelism are very different. Evangelism is all about proclaiming that the kingdom of God is here, both in word and deed.