Sermon Preached at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Easter 7C: Acts 16:16-34
Paul and Silas and the other prisoners don’t flee. Perhaps it is because they are already free. They are already free.“Paul: Freedom, you know, is a funny thing. Because it’s possible to be locked away in the innermost cell of a prison, and yet still, somehow, your heart can sing, like a stream running free!
Jailer: And it’s possible to believe you’re free, but you might just as well be bound hand and foot, because you can’t seem to choose for yourself what’s really right and good.
Paul: Like the slave girl who followed Silas and me through the streets of Philippi. Talk about bondage! Even her thoughts weren’t her own!
Slave Girl: But my owners were even less free than I, they were so bound by greed, which steals your heart and makes you treat others as things to be used . . . ”