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Proper 15, Year A

I have been invited to preach at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Park Ridge on Sunday, August 14th. The Propers are here.

"Maintain justice and do what is right" (from Isaiah 56:1, 6-7) struck me as an interesting juxtaposition (my apologies to the middlers at Seabury who loathe that word) to the gospel reading from Matthew in which the Canaanite woman dares to suggest Jesus may be wrong in turning her away because she is not part of the house of Israel: "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

During our preaching classes this year, we've been strongly advised to preach on only one portion of one text on one Sunday (in other words, don't try to incorporate all the propers for a given Sunday and expect a suscinct sermon). Yet these two texts seem to be preaching to one another. Searchign the web, I discovered this sermon which also connects the two readings (and, as an added bonus, references "The Little Rascals").

As the 14th of August approaches, it will be exciting to discern what the Holy Spirit would have me say to St. Mary's - perhaps another portion of the propers will be calling out to be heard that day. Stay tuned. . .

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