God Calls the Least Worthy to His Service

My boss has done it again with a rock solid sermon for Lent. Incidentally, he also shows us Orthodox what we should be doing with our own icons: exegesis of both text AND image. It’s absolutely stunning work from a man who is currently besieged with the difficulties of growing a lively suburban parish. Enjoy!

Trinity Newton Homilies

Sermon for Sunday, March 30, 2014
Lent 3A

“The Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” — I Samuel 16:7

For this morning’ sermon, I’m going to let you in on one of the secrets of the priesthood.  No, it’s not some “hocus pocus” about the Eucharist; nor is it a secret handshake we all learned in seminary; and neither is it some Dan Brown-style secret that each of us has been sworn to guard.  The secret is at once more closely guarded than that and yet at the same time an “open” secret.  The secret is this: most clergy feel – at least some of the time – inadequate and unworthy of our calling.   This sense of inadequacy and unworthiness may appear for some of us as we are chairing a meeting.  For others it may…

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