I will follow, but… Sermon for 30 June 2013 (Proper 8)

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 30 June 2013: Year C, Proper 8

SERMON
Texts: Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

I will follow, but…
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

The beginning of our Gospel reading is one of the great turning points of Jesus’ ministry. Luke tells us, ‘As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made us his mind and out on his way to Jerusalem’ (Luke 9.51). That can be translated also as ‘he fixed his face firmly to go to Jerusalem’ (Barclay, DSB Luke, p129), which hints at a grim determination behind this decision, the determination of man who knows what is right, decides to do what is right, but is well aware that doing what is right will lead to conflict and suffering. Continue reading