Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10, Mark 1:9-15
Upon Further Reflection
I realized, as usual, Sunday afternoon, I forgot to say the most important thing about change from scripture this week. We heard the flood story in Genesis. We heard the verses read in church from the moment when God establishes the everlasting covenant with humanity and places the bow in the sky as a reminder of the promise. Well if you read the fuller story, you discover that God doesn't rebuild humanity and promise never to destroy us again because Noah or anyone else did anything to become better and more worthy of saving. In fact, God says quite specifically, human beings are not changing. And so in response, it is God that grieves the loss of creation and then works to return to us. And so for all the talk about change and men and women during this season, let us never forget this -- God sees into our stubborn hearts, gazes with honesty onto our harmful intentions and says with mercy, "It's on me to change."
Sermon Notes: Here are couple links to the resources I used to put this sermon together.
For the interview with Arthur Brooks on his book The Conservative Heart, check out this from the Washington Post. The whole thing is very engaging and worth a listen. It's a political podcast so you can imagine I have plenty of thoughts about it, but the material about happiness and men and friendship is helpful outside the political sphere.
For the dowload of the lecture by Father Richard Rohr, check out his website: