Sing hey! for the Pharisees!: a sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, 24 February 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 24 February 2013: Year C, Second Sunday in Lent

SERMON for St Stephen’s
Texts: Philippians 3:17-4:4
Luke 13:31-35

Sing hey! for the Pharisees!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world
where strangers might smile or where stones may be hurled;
come leave what you cling to, lay down what you clutch
and find, with hands empty, that hearts can hold much.

 

Sing hey for the carpenter leaving his tools!
Sing hey for the pharisees leaving their rules!
Sing hey for the fishermen leaving their nets!
Sing hey for the people who leave their regrets!

The Pharisees, generally speaking, get a bad name in the New Testament. Again and again, we hear of Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees. Perhaps it was because that in some ways, they were quite alike. Continue reading