Sermon Given on October 13th, the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 23.
It’s tough being on the outside, to be excluded from the group.
We don’t choose to be excluded most of the time, except for those moments of principle: it simply happens to us. We get sick; we become part of the class of people who is unhealthy. Sometimes we are quarantined; and then we feel contagious, so we avoid others; or deserving so we are ashamed. If not, we ask, “how did I become such as one of these, a leper, an outcaste?”
We’ve been a part of the tribe; we begin to notice the way people avoid our faces, who stop returning our phone calls, who quickly end their conversations with us. Or there are the voices of pity and feigned concern, just enough time to assuage their guilt and truncate the relationship. We become lepers. Continue reading