Today, while on vacation in San Francisco, I attended the 11:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist at Grace Cathedral (September 6, 2010). The service was beautiful, and most wonderful was the Gospel reading from Luke, and the sermon that followed. The sermon was given by Reverend Will Scott, Associate Pastor at Grace Cathedral. His sermon really made me take a step back and think about what, as followers of Christ and children of God, we are called to do. It’s pretty astounding, if you really think about it.
Here is the Gospel reading from Luke (from the New Revised Standard Version), and then you can listen to Rev. Scott’s sermon at the end.
Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”
Listen to Rev. Scott’s sermon here:
(find this sermon, as well as other sermons from Grace Cathedral at www.gracecathedral.org)