Summary of what I was saying and why:
Any honest preacher should tell you that this is and exceptionally tough passage to understand and even tougher to preach. The more work I did to understand it, the less I did. So this is my attempt to approach the ambiguity. With more ambiguity.
Theology: theology (faith seeking understanding–Anslem)
Jesus Count: low
Good News: what meanings do we incorporate into our lives?
What did I change on my feet?
In this version I struggled in the middle of the facts we know section. In the other version I struggled more with the conclusion. This wasn’t a sermon that allowed for much change.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I’m not sure how well I folded the This American Life story in. I think that may have worked better in my mind than in my preaching.
The other time I missed my favorite line: “ambiguity if not doubt.” Nothing hung on it, I was hopefully the only person who noticed/cared. But I did.
What did work?
It may be a bit off a reach, or an outright lack, from an exegetical perspective but I’m glad I did this. There is honesty in stating what I (and the larger faithful community) don’t know much less understand. There is truth in the invitation to take what meaning we find to build into our lives.
Other sermons I liked:
Priest Sibley considers who the story is about–the manager or the master. And I’ll mention that he includes a section of comments/reflections/lingering questions at the bottom of the sermon.
(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.