“Be like the fox / who makes more tracks than necessary, / some in the wrong direction. / Practice resurrection.” May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and redeemer. Amen.

Today is Commitment Sunday at St. James. Today at all our services, we will be presenting our written pledges as an offering of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Every year on October 4th, the church celebrates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, that late 12th/ early 13th century friar, deacon, and preacher from Italy who is remembered for his encompassing embrace of all living creatures.

Our Gospel lesson today comes once again through a challenge parable. Today we are challenged to rethink what it means to live out our faith in a world that keeps pulling us this way and that, at a time when there is so much uncertainty and drama that it is hard for us to keep our minds focused on what God is calling us to be and do, and especially that part of our baptismal covenant where we promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being” (BCP, 305).

You have made us for your own, O Lord, and we are restless until we find our rest in you. Amen.

Well friends, I have to be honest with you….our gospel this week has frustrated me to no end. It’s just hard. And confusing. And it took me a long time to figure out what I could possibly say to you this morning that will make a difference to you this week. Just remember this: preachers preach what they need to hear. So we’re in this together!