Sermon Introduction –
The Good News of the Gospel this week is…well…hard to find. Instead of a full throated blessing from Jesus it is a perspective check on how we ‘name’ people, how we ‘categorize’ people, and how those two things press us to remember that ours is a call from God to serve one another.
Introduction to this week’s readings –
Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen from the dead—who can free us from the death grip of greed.